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Deval Patrick: ‘I am not running for president in 2016′

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said Tuesday in pretty definitive terms that he will not run for president in 2016, and he also suggested he wouldn't be President Obama's next attorney general either.

“I am not running for president in 2016,” Patrick told reporters at UMass Boston, according to a transcript obtained by the Boston Globe.

“I’m going to finish this second term, I’m going to go back into the private sector," Patrick said. "And as Diane, my wife, says, pay some attention to our family and friends while they are still willing have us pay some attention."

Patrick has been considered a leading potential presidential candidate and potential replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder, who could be on his way out in the coming months.

The Fix has ranked him as high as No. 5 on the list of the likeliest Democratic presidential nominees in 2016.

He has already said he won't seek reelection in 2014.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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Republicans debate tonight. The South Carolina GOP primary and the Nevada Democratic caucuses are next on Feb. 20. Get caught up on the race.
The Fix asks The State's political reporter where the most important region of the state is.
He says he could talk about Charleston, which represents a little bit of everything in the state has to offer from evangelicals to libertarians, and where Ted Cruz is raising more money than anywhere else. In a twist, Marco Rubio is drawing strong financial support from more socially conservative Upstate. That said, Donald Trump is bursting all the conventional wisdom in the state. So maybe the better answer to this question is, "Wherever Trump is."
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