Schultz 'Doesn't Have the Guts to Run'

Dwayne Harmon
January 29, 2019

Taking opposition to Schultz one step further, a host of prominent left-wing activists in the anti-Trump #Resistance crowd proposed to boycott the coffeehouse chain to coerce Shultz, who is still its largest shareholder, into dropping his bid.

"(Schultz) is thinking deeply about his future and how he can best serve the country", the person said.

In what appears to be a swipe directed at Schultz, Democratic mega-donor and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement arguing that an independent candidate would deal a crucial blow to the prospects of Democrats taking over the White House in 2020, effectively helping Trump to extend his time in the office.

Should Schultz enter the race, he would join a growing list of official candidates that includes Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro. While some potential nominees, including Massachusetts Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have formed exploratory committees for a bid.

Schultz is especially facing blowback from Democrats as he flirts with a 2020 bid.

They expressed concern that Schultz could split the anti-Trump vote if he runs as an independent and therefore help Trump get re-elected.

"Howard, if you want to run for President, run as a Democrat", she said in a statement. It's more than just sniping at a prospective opponent; word that he might invest in an independent run has many of them clearly anxious about how he'd split votes in a general election...Original Source. Asked why he was thinking about running as an Independent, Schultz said over 40 per cent of the US electorate identifies as Independent.

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline tweeted, "Howard, I like your coffee, but please don't do this".

Howard Schultz: 100 percent. Yes.

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Howard Schultz: Uh, no there would be a complete separation between me and the company.

On Monday, New Hampshire Democratic Sen.

The sign-off, which was also the title of Schultz's 2011 book, reflected his passion for innovation and progress, focusing on what's next.

"I am very, very concerned about the impact of a potential spoiler here", Hassan told CNN's Poppy Harlow on "Newsroom".

The Democratic National Committee declined to address Schultz directly. "I would encourage him to get into the Democratic primary and test his ideas that way". Among those ideological positions is his belief that while it's possible and good to build a global business empire in order to provide people around the world with subjectively "delicious" and "overpriced" coffee it remains impossible, as he argued on 60 Minutes, to improve and expand Medicare so that every single American is covered.

"I want to see America win", he said. He was equally critical of both the Democratic and Republican parties and lectured on Trump using social media as a bully pulpit.

"Now I have never been a partisan guy - and it's no secret that I looked at an independent bid in the past", he wrote. He criticizes people for advocating for "free government-paid college, free government-paid health care and a free government job for everyone" in the interview, saying those promises are as "big of a false narrative as the wall". Schultz responded that his campaign would be "fully resourced", due to his huge wealth, and that he would be willing to release his tax returns immediately.

According to Schultz, 65, "We're living at a most fragile time".

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