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Tom Perez: A Vote for Howard Schultz Is a Vote For Donald Trump

"If he runs as an independent, a vote for Howard Schultz is a vote for Donald Trump..."

By NTK Staff | 02.06.2019 @5:26pm

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez said that a vote for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is a vote for President Trump during an interview on “Indiana Focus” on Wednesday.

Reporter Matt Smith asked Perez about his thoughts on Schultz running as an independent candidate for president in 2020 and whether Perez has had conversations with Schultz to try to convince him to run as a Democrat.

“I have great respect for Howard Schultz. If he wants to run as a Democrat, we will welcome him, and we will treat him fairly like we will treat everyone. If he chooses to run as an independent he will certainly lose,” Perez said. “He has said he’s only going to run as an independent if there’s a pathway to victory. There’s no pathway to victory for him running as an independent.”

“If he runs as an independent, a vote for Howard Schultz is a vote for Donald Trump,” Perez added.

Smith followed up by asking Perez if he had talked with Schultz about this.

Perez said that he had spoken with Schultz and told him exactly the same thing.

“My door is always open to anybody thinking about running as a Democrat,” Perez said.

Smith asked whether Democrats would lose if Schultz decides to run as an independent.

“Well, again, I think a vote for Howard Schultz as an independent is a vote for Donald Trump. That’s very clear,” Perez said.

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