RadioOnFire.com – Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts officially entered the presidential race on Thursday, adding an 18th candidate and a new twist to a turbulent Democratic primary with less than three months to go before the Iowa caucuses.
Mr. Patrick, who had signaled his intent earlier this week, released a video announcing his campaign early Thursday morning. He then traveled to New Hampshire, where he filed paperwork for the first-in-the-nation primary there. He said in the video that he was running for people who “feel left out” and want a future “not built by somebody better than you, not built for you, but built with you.”
“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field,” Mr. Patrick said. “They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat. But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”