Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has been teasing an independent run for the White House, is taking a “detour” from the campaign trail, he announced in a letter Wednesday.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is letting most of his presidential campaign staff go and will suspend campaign activities for the summer while he recovers from back surgery.
He announced Wednesday his campaign is going on a hiatus while he recovers, and HuffPost reports he cut all but his senior staff. Schultz has been traveling the country to determine the level of interest among voters for an independent candidacy, but he experienced back pain during a stop in Arizona two months ago and has had three back surgeries since.
A Schultz aide said, “He is realigning a team for the next phase of his exploration.”
Schultz is reportedly watching former Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy most closely, since he considers him the leading moderate candidate. If Biden falters, Schultz could choose to enter the race in the “centrist” lane.
As for his health, he said he’s feeling well but wants to follow doctors’ orders by resting this summer.
“Today, I am feeling much better, and my doctors foresee a full recovery so long as I rest and rehabilitate,” Schultz said in a statement. “I have decided to take the summer to do just that.”
“I take this detour from the road reluctantly,” Schultz continued. “My concern for our country’s future remains, as does my belief that the American people deserve so much more from our elected officials.”
Schultz will release an update after Labor Day.
He has hit Democrats for proposing left-wing policies that he calls “fantas[ies]” that will never be implemented.
Democrats reacted negatively to his potential candidacy. Rep. Katie Hill (D., Calif.) and presidential candidate Julian Castro said his candidacy would help President Donald Trump win reelection, while liberal MSNBC analyst Karine Jean-Pierre said his actions were “very dangerous” and “we cannot allow this to happen.”
“Pod Save America” co-host Jon Favreau called Schultz’s candidacy a “fucking awful thing to do,” and former Obama adviser David Axelrod deemed it a “gift” for Trump.
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he wasn’t a “messiah” and called left-wing policies espoused by Democratic presidential candidates “fantasy” that will never come to fruition.
The billionaire is mulling an independent bid for the presidency, trying to craft himself as appealing to a vast middle group of Americans fed up with both parties.
“I’m not a messiah,” he told Firing Line host Margaret Hoover. “I’m one person who loves the country and is deeply, profoundly concerned about the direction we’re going. I do believe that that there are millions of Americans who agree with me from all walks of life that this is a moment in time where the country is on the clock in so many areas.”
“You say you’re not a messiah, but why is it you?” Hoover asked.
“It’s me because I know this is a moment in my life where I feel this is where I’m supposed to be,” he said. “It’s not about destiny. It’s about the courage of my conviction to try and be the leader that I have been in a company I’ve spent the last 18 months thinking with very carefully. I put myself in a position to do this. I funded it myself thus far.”
Schultz has historically supported Democratic candidates, but he has spoken out against policies popular with progressives like Medicare for All, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) ultra-millionaire tax, and the Green New Deal as unrealistic and punitive.
"I am not a messiah…it's about the courage of my conviction." @HowardSchultz, the former CEO of @Starbucks, explains why he is considering an Independent bid for president on this week's BRAND NEW #FiringLineShowPBS pic.twitter.com/EQVdlgHQcu
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) April 3, 2019
“There’s nothing free,” he said. “We should establish that, so someone is going to pay, and who’s going to pay for all this free stuff? Not only the wealthy but everyone’s taxes are going to go up. My company demonstrated that we could be financially successful, reward shareholders and achieve the fragile balance between humanity and financial performance.
“I think every business in America can do that and has a responsibility in one way or another to do that, and that should be a transformation of what capitalism should be in the future,” he added. “All these other Democrats that are running for president who are espousing all these things that are not feasible, that are fantasy, I have done it.”
Hoover asked if the platform for his “centrist independent” candidacy should involve calling on the civic and private sectors to take on things the government shouldn’t. Schultz replied affirmatively and said government “can’t solve all our problems, unlike what the Democrats are saying.”
“There has to be a partnership between business, philanthropists, nonprofits, and the government,” he said. “You know, when I hear Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and this young, very talented congresswoman [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] who I think—these are all well-intentioned people who love the country—but their policies … they’re not real. Free college, free job, Medicare for all. It’s not going to happen.”
"There's nothing free."- @HowardSchultz calls out progressive Democrats for pushing the party too far left with proposals like free college tuition and Medicare for all. "These things….are fantasy," says the ex-Starbucks CEO pic.twitter.com/fInYMUsrVb
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) April 4, 2019
Schultz’s announcement that he was thinking of running in January infuriated Democrats, who fear he could siphon votes from the eventual party nominee to the benefit of President Donald Trump.
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Possible independent 2020 presidential hopeful Howard Schultz cautioned the nation against electing another Democrat with how far the party continues to shift to the left. The former Starbucks CEO voiced his concern Thursday on with President Donald Trump and opined the country could not handle six more years of him as president but said electing Democrats would result in “socialism in America.” “[T]he Democrats are shifting so far to the left that … unless there’s some sense brought into the party, we’re going to end up with socialism in America if a Democrat should win,” Schultz told Hugh Hewitt., host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” He added, “I don’t want to see that happen.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) warned a third-party run by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz could risk Democrats losing the 2020 presidential election. Hoyer predicted if he ran, he would siphon votes away from the eventual Democratic presidential nominee and give President Donald Trump a winning re-election bid. “I think if Howard Schultz ran as an independent, it would hurt Democrats,” Hoyer said. “I think, for the most part, he is supportive of Democratic issues. And if we split our vote, the chances of Trump winning are better, assuming he’s the Republican candidate. And I don’t think that’s a result that Schultz wants. And so I have said publicly that I would hope he would not run, or, if he runs, he runs as a Democrat. I think he is a Democrat. I think he supports Democratic policies. And if he runs as an independent, I think he’s going to undermine what he believes in and his objective.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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