Patrick said that he had the sense that the president "wants to go" to Ferguson, Mo. but probably worries about appearing to influence the ongoing federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in August. Patrick served with the civil rights division of the Department of Justice during Bill Clinton's presidential administration.
Regarding the St. Louis County grand jury's decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death, Patrick said, "without knowing all the facts, of course I wanted to see an indictment." He said he thought a trial would have "been good for the community."
Host Chuck Todd also asked Patrick about the 2014 midterm elections. The governor, who will soon be succeeded by a Republican candidate who previously lost to Patrick, said that Election Day was a "bad day for Democrats who don't stand for anything." He took no blame for Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley's loss to Republican businessman Charlie Baker, arguing that her campaign was outspent, and that electoral outcomes depend on candidates, not the people who stand on the sidelines.
On the 2016 presidential race, Patrick said he had "thought about" running, "but I can't get ready for 2016." He did say that Hillary Clinton's overwhelming status as the frontrunner concerned him. He said she would make "a terrific candidate," but added, "I think that the narrative that it's inevitable is off-putting to regular voters."
“The American people want — and ought to want — their candidates to sweat for the job," Patrick said, "to actually make a case for why they are the right person at the right time."
In the latest Quinnipiac University poll on the 2016 presidential race, Clinton leads the Democratic primary with 57 percent.