Howard Schultz Considers ‘Centrist Independent’ 2020 Run, But Critics Say He’ll Only Help Trump

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced this weekend he is considering jumping into the 2020 presidential race as a third party candidate, Democrats are begging him not to.

Schultz has been subtly hinting at a presidential run for some time and even recently released a memoir, a typical move for presidential hopefuls before an official announcement. But Schultz has shied away from mere hints and was direct this weekend, announcing Sunday through Twitter and a “60 Minutes” interview his serious consideration.

Even though an independent candidate has never won a presidential election, Schultz is hoping his “centrist independent” ticket will appeal to Americans who are tired of partisan politics.

“What we know, factually, is that over 40 percent of the electorate is either a registered independent or currently affiliated themselves as an independent because the American people are exhausted,” Schultz said on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. “Their trust has been broken and they are looking for a better choice.”

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But a third party candidate with good name recognition could be a major threat to Democrats who have been united in overthrowing President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) attacked the idea of a centrist-independent candidate Sunday night.

Hours later, he made a more direct criticism on Schultz himself, replying, “no thank you and please don’t” to Schultz’s tweet about his presidential ambitions.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) begged the former Starbucks CEO not to run. “You’re just going to make it easier for @realDonaldTrump to win,” he tweeted Sunday.

Even Trump jumped on Twitter to comment on the former CEO’s ambitions by insulting and somewhat daring Schultz to run by saying he doesn’t have the “guts” to do so.

But Trump’s Twitter backlash was predicted, and dismissed, by Schultz. “I think like most people I’ve become bored with President Trump and his tweets.”

According to Axios, Schultz said he will make his final decision on a run in late spring or early summer. By then, the field of presidential hopefuls might reach the double digits, with more and more lawmakers eyeing the coveted spot to take down Trump.

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Rocky Drummond
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“Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) begged the former Starbucks CEO not to run. “You’re just going to make it easier for @realDonaldTrump to win”

Only if he earns some sort of viable position from which to challenge ANYONE.

Schultz is from the 1% and will likely only get 1% support, maximim.

Rocky Drummond
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“Even though an independent candidate has never won a presidential election, Schultz is hoping his “centrist independent” ticket will appeal to Americans who are tired of partisan politics.”

Ticket? What are your policy ideas?

Using a suggestion box to collect policy ideas isn’t the same as knowing what the country needs.

Rightisright
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Go for it Howard!

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