Starbuck’s Howard Schultz Jumps Into Presidential Race As Frontrunner
Howard Schultz, the man who put a Starbucks on every corner, is mulling a run for the White House as an independent.
Immediately he drowned out the political discussion, taking the internet and news network discussions by storm.
If, and when he decides to run, Schultz jumps into the Presidential 2020 race as the front-runner.
The headlines have said it all:
CNN: How Howard Schultz ran Starbucks tells us how he might run America
NBC: The Democratic Party’s public enemy No. 1: Howard Schultz
Politico: Howard Schultz rips Warren’s ‘ridiculous’ plan to tax the super wealthy
Even Rolling Stone: Area Billionaire Thinks 2020 Voters Like Nixon
In an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, Schultz dinged liberal priorities like “Medicare for all” and tuition-free college and said Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal of increasing taxes on the super wealthy was “ridiculous.”
Warren fought back. The headline at The Hill? Warren to Howard Schultz: Ridiculous is billionaires who think they ‘can buy the presidency’
All it took was a “I might run”, and Schultz took front-runner status in the media and on social media, as well as in the small group of Independents that are discussed including Michael Bloomberg, Mark Cuban and David Petraeus.
He all but knocked Democrat candidate Kamala Harris out of the news cycle. Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians are talking about Schultz. Even my non-political friend brought him up, although she called him Charles Schultz and assumed we could send Charlie Brown to the White House!
He’s only been in the 2020 presidential fray for two days! Good grief Charlie Brown. He got it all stirred up!
Everyone even loosely affiliated with the Democrat party has paused their ideological infighting to join together in the open season on the coffee mogul and his potential independent presidential bid.
The hostility is prompted by a fear that Howard Schultz would split the anti-Trump vote and get the president reelected.
They have literally trashed Schultz. They only trash a threat, a BIG threat. He’s more pro-business than all the other the major Democratic contenders. Schultz worries vocally about the mounting national debt. He also claims that “Democrats are proposing … free health care for all, which the country cannot afford,”
Of course, long-shot Elizabeth Warren hates him because he is wealthy. Warren punched at Schultz in a tweet, writing that “what’s ‘ridiculous’ is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else.”
Forbes reports that Schultz has a net worth in the neighborhood of $3 billion.
Schultz is embarking on a months-long national tour. One well-known Democratic strategist wants to make sure he faces more protesters like the one who interrupted him Monday night in New York City by shouting, “Don’t help elect Trump you egotistical billionaire a——.”
Adam Parkhomenko, who founded the group Ready for Hillary and went on to work for Clinton’s campaign, set up the website ProtestHoward.com to help organize aspiring hecklers.
Yep, he’s the front-runner!
There’s a common misconception about Howard Schultz and how he got his start at Starbucks: He didn’t found the company. He was hired by Starbucks in 1982 when he was 29 years old.
About a year later, Schultz went to Milan for a trade show as Starbucks’ director of retail operations and marketing.
Schultz tells that he had an “epiphany” while he visited espresso bars around the city.
Coffeehouses, he realized, could serve as an important “third place” between work and home, where communities gathered. He convinced his bosses to test a coffeehouse concept in downtown Seattle, but at the time, they weren’t ready to fully commit to the idea.
So Schultz left the company and started his own coffee shop, Il Giornale, selling brewed coffee and espresso.
In 1987, Starbucks was looking for a buyer. With the help of local investors, including Bill Gates’ father, Schultz bought Starbucks’ six stores.
Today, Starbucks has 28,000 stores in 77 countries.
I think he should run! Let’s make the 2020 race colorful!