Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Likely to Run for President as an Independent

Howard Schultz the former Starbucks CEO is considering running for the 2020 presidency as an independent candidate

Another Democrat urges Schultz not to run

Starbucks chairman emeritus and former CEO Howard Schultz, who announced Sunday that he was considering making a run for the highest office in the US, has previously said that he sees cryptocurrencies as a future part of a cashless, digital economy, though he did not see bitcoin as a "legitimate" cryptocurrency.

"Republicans and Democrats alike - who no longer see themselves as part of the far extreme of the far right and the far left - are looking for a home".

"The stakes couldn't be higher".

Meanwhile, Think Progress Justice Editor Ian Millhiser said that if Schultz "gets into the presidential race", the Democratic National Committee and "major unions" and "major presidential campaigns" should "all use their email lists to promote a Starbucks boycott until he drops out".

"I agree with him that he is not the 'smartest person, '" Trump wrote, referring to the interview. But instead of running as a Democrat, the party he has previously favored, he will run as an independent.

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"I have seen enough data over many years to know that anyone running for POTUS as an independent will split the anti-incumbent, anti-Trump vote", Wolfson tweeted.

Within hours, many liberals were attacking Schultz over what some called a "vanity" run.

The report has Democratic operatives anxious that such a candidacy could smooth Mr. Trump's path to reelection by siphoning votes from the Democratic challenger.

Last fall I spent over $100 million of my own money to elect Democrats to the House because I believed it was absolutely imperative to ensure a congressional counterweight to President Trump. "I want to see America win", Schultz told CBS.

Schultz, 65, whose political ambitions have been widely rumored for years, would be making his first run for public office. He stepped down as chairman in June 2018, sparking rumors of a presidential bid. In 2016, Green candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson attracted hundreds of thousands of votes in states Trump won by slim margins, giving him the presidency in the electoral college despite defeat in the popular ballot.

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The Green Party's Ralph Nader received nearly 3 percent of the vote nationwide in 2000, and many people blame his 97,000 votes in Florida for costing Democrat Al Gore the White House.

He told CNN that Mr Schultz's potential run could give President Trump the "best hope of getting re-elected" by splitting the opposition vote.

And Tina Podlodowski, the Democratic Party Chair in Washington state, said in a statement: "I have two words for Howard Schultz on a potential run for president as an independent: Just".

Already top Democratic operatives working for presidential candidates and beyond say they're anxious that the only thing he'll accomplish is making sure Donald Trump gets reelected. Bring me your ideas.

Schultz is the businessman who lead Starbucks to worldwide domination. "Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party".

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