Sunday September 9, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE -- Gov, Deval Patrick, acknowledging with a laugh the buzz in political and media circles over his possible national prospects following his well-received address at the Democratic National Con vention in Charlotte, N.C., this past week, is throwing cool, if not cold, water on speculation about a run for national office soon after he leaves the Statehouse in Boston.

During a brief interview following swearing-in ceremonies for 22 new American citizens at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Patrick told The Eagle that he's definitely finishing out his second term as governor, which ends in January 2015.

"We're going to finish strongly with issues that continue to drive it," he said.

After that, he said, "I'll go back into the private sector, the promise I've made to my family, to spend more time with them and make a little money."

But, he added, "I hope to always have some way that I can contribute to making a stronger community, a stronger state and country, but that doesn't have to be in the land of politics."

Asked if he's slamming the door on future government service, Patrick replied: "I'm certainly not looking for, or planning for a position in a second Obama term. My first priority is helping him to get elected."

"I don't have any plans to run in 2016 for president," Patrick added.

The governor is a co-chairman of the president's re-election campaign and hosted a fund-raising event at his Richmond home on Aug.


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3 that reportedly raised as much as $400,000 for the effort.

In the wake of the enthusastic reception for his speech in Charleston, Patrick has been questioned closely by national journalists about any potential interest in the White House.

Characterizing such speculation as "just chatter," Patrick told ABC News that "if there is a time sometime later to come back and serve in in public life, I hope I'm able to do that. It's just not going to be in 2016."