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Democrats Are Losing Their Minds Over Howard Schultz’s Potential Presidential Run

The former Starbucks CEO would run as an independent, and many Democrats think that could help President Trump.

By NTK Staff | 01.28.2019 @9:24am
Democrats Are Losing Their Minds Over Howard Schultz’s Potential Presidential Run

Democrats are publicly airing their fears about former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz potentially running for president as an independent. The responses range from polite reasoning to vicious insults, but they all convey the same message: don’t do it.

Schultz told CBS News’ Scott Pelley on a “60 Minutes” segment that aired Sunday night that should he run for president, he would do so as a “centrist independent.” The problem? Schultz is a “life-long Democrat,” who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Democrats worry that if Schultz attempts to run as a so-called “centrist independent,” voters will see right through the veneer, effectively scaring away any potential Republicans who would vote for him and dividing the Democrat vote between the party’s nominee and Schultz. In that scenario, a Schultz run would effectively hand Trump a second term.

Julian Castro, Obama’s former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a 2020 candidate himself, was among the kindest responses while still imploring Schultz to reconsider.

“I have a concern that if he did run, that, essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected,” Castro said. “Just the other day, there was a fairly comprehensive poll taken that showed, essentially, right now, that the President has a ceiling of about 41 or 42 percent, in terms of support for him, no matter which Democratic candidate they polled against him.”

“So his only hope, if things stayed the same — and that’s a big if — is essentially to get somebody else, a third party, to siphon off those votes,” he continued.

Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, was far less tactful, spewing vitriol toward Schultz on social media:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top lieutenant, Howard Wolfson, took an equally direct shot at Schultz on Twitter:

During the “60 Minutes” interview, Schultz harshly criticized Medicare For All, Democrats’ $32.6 trillion government-run health care option that has grown in favor among 2020 candidates. Schultz likened it to Trump’s border wall.

Schultz told the New York Times he “planned to crisscross the country for the next three months as part of a book tour before deciding whether to formally enter the race.” Schultz is worth $3.4 billion, according to Forbes.

UPDATE: President Trump responds:

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