The 2020 presidential election is right around the corner and Democrats are already gearing up to take on President Trump’s re-election effort.
Several prominent Democrats have already announced runs or their intentions to run, including California Senator Kamala Harris, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Obama-era US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.
Many more Democrats could potentially announce runs, including frontrunners Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
The 2020 election may not just be a showdown of the Republican and several Democrats as one Independent has tossed his name into consideration.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced he may pursue an Independent bid, something Castro said could actually help Trump’s re-election effort.
“Obviously, if he runs, it’s going to make an impression on the race,” Castro said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” as the Washington Examiner reports “I have a concern that, if he did run, that, essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.”
“So his only hope, if things stayed the same — and that’s a big if — is essentially to get somebody else, a third party, to siphon off those votes. And I don’t think that that would be in the best interest of our country,” Castro continued. “We need new leadership. And so, you know, I would suggest to Mr. Schultz to truly think about the negative impact that might make.”
Some others shared Castro’s worry an Independent campaign could pull from the Democratic voter base:
The Washington Examiner wrote, just head of Schultz’s announcement:
Schultz, the former Starbucks executive and ex-owner of the Seattle SuperSonics NBA franchise, is expected to announce Sunday during a pre-recorded CBS News “60 Minutes” interview that he’s considering an independent campaign for the Oval Office. In recent months, speculation has risen about Schultz’s plans as he prepares to embark on a book tour starting this week to promote his memoir, “From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America” ahead of its release on Jan. 28. He also hired some high-profile political consultants, including Steve Schmidt, who was a vice chairman at public relations firm Edelman and manager of Republican Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Here’s more on Schultz, from the Daily Caller:
Since stepping down as CEO of Starbucks in 2017, Schultz has held discussions with both Republican and Democratic advisers over the possibility of mounting a third-party run. If he chooses to make the plunge, the Seattle-based businessman would be able to rely on his vast wealth and a steep network he’s accumulated from years of running an international business and past philanthropic endeavors.
Despite being a “lifelong Democrat,” Schultz believes an independent bid could help bridge the political divide he believes is ruining the country.
President Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning and swiped Schultz in a tweet.
He said: “Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the “smartest person.” Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”
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