Deval Patrick won't run in 2020, citing 'cruelty of our elections process'

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (WJAR)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that he won't run for the White House, citing the "cruelty" of the process to get there.

"After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I’ve decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me," Patrick said in a Facebook post. "Knowing that the cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn’t signed up for the journey, was more than I could ask."

Patrick said he spent months traveling the country in support of congressional candidates. He said he saw Americans everywhere getting involved in civic debate.

"America feels more ready than usual for big answers to our big challenges. That’s an exciting moment that I hope we don’t miss. I hope to help in whatever way I can. It just won’t be as a candidate for president," Patrick said.

Patrick was governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. He is a managing director at Bain Capital.

Dozens of Democrats are considering jumping into the 2020 campaign for president.

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