By Michael Norton

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE -- Back from a vacation to Costa Rica that followed his recent trip to Washington D.C., Gov. Deval Patrick laughed off talk about a possible run for president in the future but said it was not unusual for governors to think about running for the nation's highest office.

While at National Governors Association meetings in Washington more than a week ago, Patrick told Politico "maybe, maybe" when asked if he could see himself as a national candidate in the future.

"That's a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she's a tough one to convince," Patrick told Politico. "Let's just see what time tells."

"It's nothing I haven't said before," Patrick said Monday. "First of all I'm not sending any signals or floating any trial balloons."

Patrick recalled how Obama had made a "funny comment" during recent meetings with governors, describing them as "fifty people who think they ought to have his job."

"It's probably, if it's not customary, it's certainly not unusual for governors to think about whether they might have something to contribute some day as president," Patrick said. "But I have no plans and I have no plans to make plans. "

Patrick is set to join Obama in Connecticut Wednesday to promote an increase in the minimum wage.


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As he has in the past, Patrick declined to rule a presidential run in 2016 or beyond, saying he planned to focus on his job as governor and then work in the private sector.

"I'm leaving open the possibility of a wonderful full life of contributions after I have left this job," Patrick said. "But right now I'm focused just on this job."