Deval Patrick (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It sounds as if the team of former President‚ÄĒand black America‚Äôs president on a rent-to-own basis‚ÄĒBarack Obama is pushing for Obama‚Äôs friend¬†former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020.

According to Politico, Obama and close adviser Valerie Jarrett have encouraged Patrick to consider a run for office. Jarrett was also quoted as saying that President Patrick is what ‚Äúmy heart desires,‚ÄĚ The Hill reports.

Politico also reports that David Axelrod, Obama‚Äôs former chief strategist‚ÄĒwho was highly instrumental in Obama‚Äôs two successful runs for the White House‚ÄĒhas reportedly talked with the Massachusetts Democrat about his presidential bid and his ability to pull in black Southern voters.

‚ÄúIf you were to poll 100 notable Obama alumni, the only two people who would win that 2020 straw poll right now are [Joe] Biden and Patrick,‚ÄĚ a former senior White House aide told Politico. This could make for an interesting play considering that former Vice President Biden hasn‚Äôt been shy about noting that he could have beaten Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination if he had run in that campaign.

‚ÄúI‚Äôm trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I‚Äôm a patriot first. It‚Äôs way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020,‚ÄĚ Patrick said in an interview on Politico‚Äôs Off Message podcast, The Hill reports. ‚ÄúSo I‚Äôll just leave it at that.‚ÄĚ

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Read more at Politico and The Hill.