Former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, is Getting Ready to Run in the next Presidential Election
Since the time Donald Trump being an industrialist was elected into the highest office of the United States, there is an advanced enthusiasm amongst the business persons to enter into politics.
Previous Starbucks administrator and CEO, Howard Schultz is finding a way to mount a free crusade for president, he reported Sunday.
Schultz, in a meeting on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” said Donald Trump was “not qualified to be the president” but rather likewise faulted both the Democrats and Republicans for “consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people.”
He said both of the political parties are playing revenge politics and said, “I think the American people are longing for and desiring leadership they can trust and a government that is working for them … the current environment is filled with a level of toxicity we have not seen, certainly in my lifetime.”
Schultz now plans to travel the whole of the United States as a part of the book tour of several weeks before formally deciding whether to enter into politics or not. His book, “From the Ground UP: a Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America,” is releasing on Monday.
He is the second person from the Washington State considering for running the presidential election. The sitting Governor of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee also said that he would be deciding within weeks about his plan to contest the next presidential election. And also he said he would be choosing whether he will take Democratic nomination for contesting with an agenda of climate change.
However, the news to contest for President independently was not welcomed by the current politicians.
Especially the Democrats are alarmed by the chances of playing as a spoiler candidate by Howard.
In a statement Sunday, Tina Podlodowski, chair of the Washington state Democratic Party, termed Schultz’s interest as selfish.
“Howard Schultz is running as an independent isn’t about bringing people together. It’s about one person: Howard Schultz,” she said.
Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development who announced a bid for the Democratic nomination this month, said Sunday on CNN that if Schultz will contest in the presidential election independently “it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.”
Podlodowski said Schultz, who has identified himself as a lifelong Democrat, has never met her and even ignored a recent invitation by her to discuss his political plans of future.
However, Schultz responded to the criticisms, saying “nobody wants to see Donald Trump removed from office more than me. I am not entering this race to be a spoiler. This is not about vanity.”
He also added that if the Democratic Party will ensure the win for President Trump if this time they nominate “a progressive, left-leaning liberal … and there are enough of those people who are running.”
Washington State Republican Party Chairman Caleb Heimlich predicted Schultz, 65, would not even find much support in his home state, Washington, citing Schultz’s sale of the Seattle Sonics basketball team in 2006.
It should be reported here that Howard along with his ownership group, The Basketball Club of Seattle, sold the team after complaining about a refusal by state and local lawmakers to spend public money to expand KeyArena.
The team was purchased by a group of Oklahoma City businessmen, who took the team there in 2008, ending a 41-year relationship with Seattle.
“Howard Schultz sold out Washingtonians a long time ago. I think there are a lot of people who have long memories and are not going to forget how that went down,” Heimlich said.
However, Heimlich argued Schultz might find some positive if the Democrats again nominate someone extremely liberal for 2020 elections.
Schultz, however, has got decent reception by the groups which advocate the election of independents into the highest post. But, they don’t have a much bright history being successful in their efforts.
Nick Troiano, executive director of the centrist organization Unite America, said a candidate like Schultz would be able to give voice “to millions of Americans who feel unrepresented by either party.”
Even if unsuccessful, he said, a strong independent candidate may work to ease ballot-access restrictions for future third-party contenders. Such laws vary by state. Washington’s comparatively straightforward rules need independent or minor-party presidential candidates to carry nominating conventions and procure signatures from a minimum of 1000 registered voters.
Troiano also added any independent candidate, with any path to victory should remain in the fray for 2020 president post.
“I understand why people would be fearful of a third candidate … I think any independent candidate needs to make clear they won’t play the role of spoiler,” he said.
In two stints as CEO of Starbucks, Schultz made a small Seattle company that sold only whole coffee beans and coffee machines into a global behemoth — a coffee, tech, and lifestyle company with more than 15,000 stores and 291,000 employees across the globe, bringing cafe culture to the masses.
He also featured Starbucks as a company with social responsibility as Starbucks had started offering health insurance to both full and part-time employees back in 1988 when these acts were sporadic to find among the corporates.
He often talks about his humble roots and his upbringing that took the best out of him.
“I have lived the American dream. I am self-made. I grew up in public housing,” he said. “I have a deep, deep sense of compassion” for the nearly half of Americans who even don’t have $400 in the bank for an emergency.
There are other stints like reimbursing college fees for the staff and appointing veterans which made the company closer to humanity.
However, it is in the best intention for the nation he takes his decision after much thought and doesn’t just become a spoiler candidate.