Prime Democrats say they worry that an unbiased presidential run in 2020 by billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz would serve primarily to siphon off sufficient voters from the Democratic nominee to assist hand President Donald Trump a second time period.
“I do share that concern, if he did run… it might present Trump together with his greatest hope for getting re-elected,” former Housing and City Growth Secretary Julián Castro, who just lately introduced his marketing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, mentioned Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Schultz mentioned in an interview set to air Sunday night on “60 Minutes” that he’s severely contemplating a presidential run in 2020 ― and that he would doubtless accomplish that as an unbiased candidate.
“We’re dwelling at a most-fragile time,” Schultz mentioned within the interview. “Not solely the truth that this president is just not certified to be the president, however the truth that each events are constantly not doing what’s vital on behalf of the American individuals and are engaged, each single day, in revenge politics.”
Schultz, 65 and a life-long Democrat, would provide himself as an antidote to the bitter political division in Washington, in line with The Atlantic journal. He’s already begun hiring consultants, together with Steve Schmidt, the supervisor for former Arizona Sen. John McCain’s Republican presidential marketing campaign in 2008. Subsequent week, Schultz is slated to launch a e-book tour.
Trump’s approval ranking in polls throughout his first two years in workplace has hardly ever crossed the 45 p.c mark, suggesting viable unbiased candidate may attraction to alienated GOP voters in addition to some Democrats. And that, in flip, may fracture the citizens in ways in which allow Trump to win the 2020 race because of unwavering backing from his core supporters.
“I’d recommend to Mr. Schultz to really take into consideration the damaging impression” of an unbiased presidential marketing campaign, Castro mentioned.
Different prime Democrats equally decried the prospect of a Schultz candidacy, saying it might be nothing however excellent news for Trump.
The Democratic Get together of Washington state, the place Schultz’s former espresso firm is predicated, trolled the would-be candidate on Twitter: