Former Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, who is launching a book tour this week, said he’s “seriously thinking of running for president” as a centrist who is positioned outside the two-party system.
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The Atlantic, Democratic insiders are said to be deeply concerned about Schultz’s potential run. They are reportedly concerned that a third-party bid would siphon off Democratic votes, and ensure a re-election for Trump, a subject that Schultz addressed in his CBS interview.
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“I want to see the American people win. I want to see America win,” Schultz told 60 Minutes. “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas. And I will be an independent person, who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party.”
Yet in the interview, the former executive struck a progressive tone on virtually every major topic broached by his interviewer. He declared his support for open immigration, taxes, climate change and universal health care–even as he chided the major parties over the polarized political climate and fiscally irresponsibility.
Yet on the idea of free health care, he blasted Democrats for offering a “false” promise that was the equivalent of the border wall proffered by the president, calling it something “the country cannot afford.”