- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2014

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick had kind words for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday, but also said a narrative of inevitability surrounding her possible 2016 bid for the presidency is “off-putting” to voters.

“I think, first of all, Hillary Clinton - Secretary Clinton, excuse me - has been an extraordinary public servant and would be a terrific candidate for president. But I think that the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters,” Mr. Patrick said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Mrs. Clinton is the overwhelming favorite in 2016 among Democratic primary voters, according to early polling, though there are others weighing a bid as well, notably Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and former Sen. James Webb of Virginia, who recently announced the formation of a 2016 exploratory committee.

Mr. Patrick said he didn’t mean his comments to be a criticism of Mrs. Clinton, but that “people read inevitability as entitlement” and “people want and ought to want their candidates to sweat for the job, you know, to actually make a case for why they’re the right person at the right time.”

For his part, Mr. Patrick said he’s thought about it but that he “cant get ready for 2016.”

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