- Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Sunday he’s “seriously considering” running for president.
- Schultz said he would run as a “centrist independent,” and in a “60 Minutes” interview criticized both the Democratic and Republican parties for engaging in “revenge politics.”
- In response to criticisms that his candidacy would divert votes from Democratic candidates and potentially hand a second term to President Donald Trump, Schultz said his lack of party affiliation would be a “win” for Americans.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Sunday he is seriously considering a 2020 bid as an independent candidate.
“I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent,” he tweeted Sunday evening.
In an interview with The New York Times, Schultz said he’ll be traveling across the country for a book tour during the next three months, during which he will decide whether to formally declare his candidacy.
In a “60 Minutes” interview with correspondent Scott Pelley, Schultz hammered President Donald Trump for his lack of qualifications. But he also took aim at both Democrats and Republicans for sowing division across the country and contributing to what he said was a “fragile time” in America.
“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 said.