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CNN reports that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is actively exploring an independent bid for the presidency in 2020, as opposed to running for the Democratic Party nomination - he has “knocked Democrats for proposals he deemed too left-wing, including single-payer health care and guaranteed income.” But, he also has been highly critical of both the policies and style of the Trump administration, while saying that Donald Trump’s election “has given license to the fact that someone who is not a politician could potentially run for the presidency.”
KC's View:
I suspect that the GOP would be ecstatic if Schultz made such a move to run as an independent, because it would have the strong potential, if it got traction, to siphon off votes from whoever gets the Democratic nomination. The Democrats, needless to say, would be apoplectic … followed closely by Starbucks, where they’ll worry about Schultz damaging the brand and alienating half its customer base.