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Howard Schultz tells "60 Minutes" he's "seriously thinking" about independent run for president

By CBS News

"I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system," Schultz told correspondent Scott PelleyRead full story

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  • The unfortunate reality of our two party system is that an independent, no matter how qualified or well-intentioned, doesn’t stand a chance. Even if he is a billionaire. Just ask Bloomberg.

  • I’m pretty sure he’s the first 2020 candidate to use a big prime time sit-down interview to declare his candidacy. Old school.

  • Last thing we need is another fucking businessman trying to run a country....

  • Meh.....I would never vote for this guy. Based on what he’s done with his company and how he has caved to the public, he would be a terrible leader.

  • Considering how disgusted most average Americans are with both political parties, it will be interesting to see how this may change the dynamic between Trump and whoever ends up being the Democrat challenger. The independent candidate may have a higher than usual chance of winning. We could possibly

    Considering how disgusted most average Americans are with both political parties, it will be interesting to see how this may change the dynamic between Trump and whoever ends up being the Democrat challenger. The independent candidate may have a higher than usual chance of winning. We could possibly see several solid independent contenders. 2020 will be an election year for the books.

  • Hopefully this raises awareness that there is more than just the Left and Right.

  • In other news, billionaires running independently. Change of scenery, interested in how his platform may develop

  • I was reaching deep to find a sophisticated way to say something, yet there is no other way to say it?! “Everybody including their mother is running for president in 2020”. #RealTalk #SMH

  • I am tired of the polarized right and left. We need a new center. I am not sure it is this person, but someone is needed to take us back to the sensible center.

  • Starbucks's business model was strictly predatory. 1) ldentify every popular coffee shop in the country 2) Lease or buy the building NEXT to every café in the country and, 3) DESTROY every independent coffee shop in the country.

  • Say he does run an effective campaign and manages to take 15% of the electorate ... Who does that help??

  • The only accomplishment a strong independent candidate will bring be is to ensure a loss to one of the other two parties in a general election....remember Ross Perot?

  • Am I the only one who fears this will guarantee a second Trump term?

  • He would only split the vote making for an easy Trump win or for that matter, any Republican. He has to know that so what is his real motivation?

  • I’m all for it. The independent ticket needs some depth. He’s not my type of candidate but we have got to bring diverse ideology to the table.

  • 1) I figure he wants to announce before Biden or Sanders announce their possible 2020 campaigns. 2) Can a third-party run be feasible?

  • It's nice to have a Centrist independent but I've often disagreed with decisions he's made in the past regarding political influence. I have hope he'll be someone nice but there's no telling right now.

  • I agree with Howard Schultz. The Democrats and Republicans always just fight.

  • Independents have a great temporary platform but then should bow out, so they don’t drain the vote and make the Democratic candidate lose.

  • A Leftist claiming to be a centrist? now that is intresting! Good times..

  • Since Ross Perot, the Republicans and Democrats have made sure no independent candidate has a shot at making the final Presidential Debate and therefore will never get the votes needed to be a serious concern and the media helps make sure the popularity stays with the two parties.

  • In his defense, he is a real

    businessman--not a scam artist, who has screwed mlmcreditors 6 x using bankruptcy.

  • No more Business Weasels.

  • What makes Mr. Schultz think he is more qualified? All the stats and metrics for America are looking good with Trump.

  • Definitely causing extreme heartburn amongst Democrats. Remember, Howard when Starbucks was a coffee bean warehouse, on Western Ave., in Seattle. Should neve know a young man, that later wants to be President. Can’t get the youngster out of my mind.

  • What an interesting time to be alive! Politics is no longer being solely dominated by people who have been enmeshed in government their whole lives. Now we’re seeing more and more of the public stepping in to fulfill the roles they see the government failing. 2020 will be and interesting time.

  • Running for president is the best way to ruin a good reputation.

  • Howard Schultz conveniently released a book today.

    Also, he's not as much into coffee as he is in real estate.

  • We are so lucky to be living in a country with so many billionaires with excess time on their hands. Fortunately for us, this one mastered the fine art of flavored, caffeinated water! That, and a $billion, are all the qualifications required to be president.

  • Something about a company that has its customers wait in long lines for over priced colored water makes a run for president scary...just saying.

  • One more goon won’t make a difference. They all flock together

  • At least now the Russians know who they’ll support in 2020.

  • What does this guy believe in tho?

  • I wouldn't vote for him, but I think the more the merrier. America needs options. Not this or that.

  • Never serves dem candidates.

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