Possible Schultz 2020 bid brews up a storm
Welcome to the lead from meet the press. I'm Kerry, Dan L. Now, it's been a few days after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz stirred up some controversy by floating an independent run for the presidency. And Democrats are having a venti Cup of w t f extra hot. Here's Scholtz on sixty minutes talking about what he sees as his imperative to run we're living at a most fragile time. Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president. But the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what's necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged every single day. In revenge politics Schultz, also tweeted about a potential run, which swiftly got what's known in Twitter parlance, as ratio, which means a lot more people on social media were. Being in to tell him think Salata. But no rather than to encourage him to pursue a run for the presidency. Okay. Okay. Not everyone lives their lives on Twitter. You lucky guys which Schultz himself has pointed out. But the sentiment is still valid, and here's why it's not that people fundamentally disagree with shelters pitch that Republicans and Democrats are bickering and not solving America's problems, that's actually a pretty widely held feeling and his candidacy outside of two party system. Maybe appealing to a small, but significant segment of the electorate, which is the problem for the rest of the electorate. See it's really a math problem in two thousand sixteen Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by an overall two point margin. Or so the folks who did not vote for Clinton or Trump comprised about five point seven percent votes cast and then included votes for third party candidates, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson and those folks. Got a lot of votes in states where there was an extremely close final margin, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to put it more. Clearly, there's basically no scenario that a third party candidate doesn't act as a complicating factor at best and spoiler at worst, particularly if they are well funded, and I don't know if you seen the price of a cinnamon shortbread Frappuccino lately, but trust me Howard Schultz has got some cash and don't take my word for it. Because I am not an extremely wealthy, dude. Who would like to be president? But someone who is Mike Bloomberg has spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out if he could make a third-party run work. He tweeted at Schultz today this, and I will not do Mike Bloomberg impression because it is even worse than my Bernie Sanders impression. But he said quote in twenty twenty the great likelihood is that an independent would just split. The anti Trump vote and up reelecting the president. That's a risk I refuse to run in two thousand sixteen and we can't afford to. Run it now Schultz also has another problem, which is that he seems a little reluctant to talk about what he would actually do other than be a quote, centrist, independent asked if he would raise taxes on corporations he said, quote, I don't want to talk in the hypothetical about what I would do if I was president that's basically entirely what running for president is. So where does this go maybe bags it? Maybe he runs, but Democrats and independent spent a lot of time and money to try to take him down. Maybe he sticks it out one thing. I can guarantee is if he stays a part of the twenty twenty Malay we're going to have a lot of insufferable coffee jokes. You can bet your skinny much agree on that one. That's it for us if you'd like to hear more of this free audio reading you can add meet the press the lid to your flash briefings on Amazon Alexa devices or just download us as a free podcast.