Schultz serves up more than just coffee to the kooks

Caitlin Yilek reports for the Washington Examiner on the latest pronouncement from Starbucks founder and potential independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz rejected Democratic complaints that his Independent 2020 campaign will guarantee President Trump’s re-election, and said Democrats themselves will guarantee a Trump victory by nominating a “radical left” nominee.

“The stakes are too high to cross our fingers and hope the Democratic Party nominates a moderate who can win over enough independents and disaffected Republicans, and even fellow Democrats, to defeat Trump next year,” Schultz wrote in a blog post Monday. “That any opponent can oust Trump, no matter how far to the radical left they are, is a fallacy.”

“Those so concerned about a centrist independent being a spoiler should perhaps ask another question: Will the eventual Democratic nominee be the party’s own version of a spoiler?” Schultz wrote in a blog post Monday.
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Schultz has been criticized since he announced last month that he was considering running as a third-party candidate. The billionaire reiterated that he won’t run if he sees himself as a spoiler, but said he sees a potential path to the White House for a centrist independent.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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