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Previous Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, stated he is considering running for the 2020 election as a “centrist independent”. On Sunday, Schultz had an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” where he said, “What I said last night is that I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent. And I wanted to clarify the word ‘independent,’ which I view merely as a designation on the ballot.” Schultz is a prominent liberal that is strongly against Trump and the Republican party. Although he is against the Republican party, his presidential run as an independent party could hurt the democrats and help Trump to get elected for a second term. In his interview on Sunday, there were some harsh words said to Schultz by protesters in the crowd. One crowd member yelled, “Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter. Go back to Davos with the other billionaire elites who think they know how to run the world. That’s not what democracy is.” Many democrats will try their best to persuade Schultz not to run.

There have been many elections where an independent party has run for president along with democrats and republicans. Many say these independent parties have swayed the votes and changed the election. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran as an independent third party called the Bull Moose Party. Roosevelt was running against Republican nominee, William Howard Taft, and Democrat nominee, Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt had more Republican ideas so he took a large percentage of the votes from Taft, which allowed Wilson to get all of the Democrat votes and win the election. The same thing happened in 1992 where Ross Perot ran as an independent party called the Reform Party. Perot took many of the votes from George H.W. Bush and left the rest of the votes for Democrat nominee, Bill Clinton, who won the 1992 election. In 2000, it was beneficial for the Republicans when Ralph Nader ran as an independent party. Nader took part of the Democratic votes from Al Gore and gave George Bush the Republican votes. Many would argue that Gore would have won the election but because Nader took some of his votes, George Bush won.

Although many do not want Schultz to run for president and risk giving Donald Trump a second term, Schultz says he would not do anything to help Trump. Schultz said, “Nobody wants to see Donald Trump removed from office more than me. I’m certainly not going to do anything to put Donald Trump back in the Oval Office.” Schultz does not want to help Trump, so he will have to make a decision on what he wants to do for the election.

 

 

https://www.presidentsusa.net/thirdparty.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/politics/howard-schultz-heckled-independent-2020/index.html

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