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11/19/2014 10:42 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

Chuck Todd: Only A Minority Candidate Could Beat Hillary Clinton

In a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd confirmed what has been accepted as consensus: the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is Hillary Clinton's to lose. The only thing that could derail that, Todd said, is a minority candidate.

"I don't see who else could put together the coalition to stop Hillary Clinton," Todd told host Marc Lamont Hill. "Or even come close. I think it has to be a minority candidate. Maybe it's Deval Patrick. He thinks somebody ought to be challenging her. And there's not a Hispanic that immediately comes to mind."

The "coalition" Todd is speaking of is what slayed Clinton in the 2008 election, when President Obama was able to cobble together liberal elites and more blue-collar Democrats, notably including the African-American vote.

Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, has said "maybe" to a presidential run when pressed, and he hasn't exactly endorsed Clinton as the party pick to run in 2016.

Catch the rest of the clip above, and watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here. Todd's new book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, is available now.

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