Democrats fear Trump re-election if ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz runs

Thursday, 31 Jan, 2019

In an interview that aired Sunday on "60 Minutes", he said he was "thinking of running for president" as a centrist independent because both the Republican and the Democratic Parties are "consistently not doing what's necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged every single day in revenge politics".

Billionaire Howard Schultz, who's considering a 2020 run for president as an independent, says he left the Democratic party because he claims it's too far left.

Though Schultz describes himself as a "lifelong Democrat", and he's given almost 200 thousand to the party, he says that both parties have become so embroiled in "revenge politics" that they are failing to offer real solutions and move the country forward.

The retired Starbucks executive is, strictly speaking, on tour to sell books.

During a sold-out event in a New York City Barnes & Noble on Monday, Schultz was interrupted by a man who shouted, "Don't help elect Trump, you egotistical billionaire a-hole".

"If Howard Schultz goes through with this half-baked idea, he will pose an existential threat to a Democrat in what will likely be 2020 race decided by a few votes in a handful of states", Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama administration colleague of Burton's, said on Twitter. "I mean, not for NY, that's just how we greet each other here, but for everywhere else".

On a wider nationwide scale, there's concern among Democrats that running as an independent will essentially hand President Trump a second term.

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"I think it's a disaster for Schultz personally as an independent".

He's being advised by a team with experience in both parties, including Steve Schmidt, who worked on Republican John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and former Obama adviser Bill Burton, who joined Schultz at his Monday appearance in NY.

Howard Schultz's potential run as a "centrist independent" is "making the Democrats shit themselves, which usually only happens after you drink his coffee", Noah joked.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a former GOP presidential contender with an affinity for political combat, appeared to be relishing the controversy when asked about Democratic criticism of Schultz. "I want to see America win".

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