Several top aides to former President Barack Obama are encouraging former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D.) to run for president in 2020.
Patrick has had meetings with former Obama strategist David Axelrod, who has even devised a political plan for Patrick to be able to win the White House, Politico reported Tuesday.
Obama friend and former top adviser Valerie Jarrett said that "my heart desires" a President Patrick.
Patrick's former deputy chief of staff, David Simas, who also served as Obama's political director in the White House, has encouraged Patrick to seriously consider running in 2020.
Patrick himself is not so sure about a presidential run, however.
"I'm trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I'm a patriot first," Patrick told Politico. "It's way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020."
"So I'll just leave it at that," he added.
If Patrick does decide to run, he could encounter problems from many Democrats who are opposed to Wall Street and the financial industry. Patrick currently works for Bain Capital, the same firm started by Obama's 2012 Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.