Should former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz actually run for president? | The Tylt
Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, has announced his intention to explore a run for president. Schultz, who says he has been a Democrat for his entire life, plans to run as a "centrist independent." Schultz has claimed the two-party system is so broken that the only candidate who can cut through the noise is a moderate independent. Politicians and pundits, however, believe Schultz would effectively split the liberal vote, all but guaranteeing President Trump a second term. What do you think?
Should former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz actually run for president?
Schultz announced his intentions on Twitter, before giving an extensive interview to "60 Minutes."
During the "60 Minutes" interview, The Atlantic reports, Schultz hammered down on the fact that Americans are fed up with politics and are seeking a candidate who can cut through the gridlock.
"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,” he says, according to CBS promotional material, which did not include the part of the interview in which Pelley asks Schultz about running himself.
Schultz emphasized his centrism with the New York Times and stated the country is looking for a moderate candidate.
“We have a broken political system with both parties basically in business to preserve their own ideology without a recognition and responsibility to represent the interests of the American people,” Mr. Schultz said in the interview.
“Republicans and Democrats alike — who no longer see themselves as part of the far extreme of the far right and the far left — are looking for a home,” he added. “The word ‘independent,’ for me, is simply a designation on the ballot.”
Most pundits were not pleased with Schultz's intention to run, claiming he would split the moderate voting block, peeling off voters desperately needed by Democrats to retake the White House. Per Vox:
“The only good news [Trump] received in an otherwise dismal week: The prospect of a well-funded independent candidate to dilute the opposition in 2020,” former Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted.
Some wondered who Schultz's voters would be, as most of the country is moving rapidly toward the poles of political opinion, not towards consensus. Per GQ:
It's not entirely clear what Schultz's base would be, despite his insistence that there's a hunger for non-partisan candidates with no real ideology to speak of. The rising stars in the Democratic Party are left-wing or socialist politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and recent polls by the Pew Research Center found that the majority of Republican voters want the GOP to become even more conservative in the future.