Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, has confirmed that he is exploring an independent challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020.
“I am seriously thinking of running for president,” Schultz told journalist Scott Pelley during a pre-taped interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.
“I will run as a centrist independent outside of the two-party system,” he said.
Though Schultz characterized himself as “a lifelong Democrat,” he criticized what he called both major political parties’ failure to meet the needs of the American people, and singled out the soaring national debt as a result of Republican and Democratic elected officials’ “reckless failure of their constitutional responsibility.”
“We’re living at a most fragile time,” Schultz said. “Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people, and are engaged every single day in revenge politics.”
Schultz, 65, declined to respond directly to the assertion that an independent bid for the presidency could siphon votes from the eventual Democratic nominee and contribute to a reelection victory for Trump next year.
“I want to see the American people win. I want to see America win,” Schultz said, employing language often used on the campaign trail by Trump, another baby boomer billionaire.
“I don't care if you’re Democrat, independent, Libertarian, Republican,” he continued. “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.”
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