Bloomberg Says There's 'No Way an Independent Can Win' in 2020

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The statement was seemingly a not-so-veiled reference to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has said on Twitter and in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday that he's considering an independent bid for the presidency.

Howard Schultz announced a possible independent presidential run, and some liberals are already calling for a boycott of the company he used to run - Starbucks. "If he enters the race, I will start a Starbucks boycott because I'm not giving a penny that will end up in the election coffers of a guy who will help Trump win".

"When I hear people espousing free government-paid college, free government-paid health care and a free government job for everyone - on top of a $21 trillion debt - the question is, how are we paying for all this and not bankrupting the country?" he told the Times. I've been a lifelong Democrat.

"I've become bored with President Trump and his tweets", Schultz responded.

Despite Schultz's criticism, there is a Starbucks open in New York's Trump Tower.

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The announcement came one day before Schutlz embarks on a nationwide tour for his new book, From the Ground Up: a Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America. He's scheduled to guest on "The View" on Tuesday, and co-host Joy Behar said she planned to ask him about the potential of splitting the anti-Trump vote by bringing up Ralph Nader.

In the interview with CBS, Schultz said Americans are fed up with Democrats and Republicans due to their inability to make government work.

In his latest proclamations on Twitter, Trump made it clear he wasn't impressed with the interview Schultz did for 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Leading figures in the Democratic party slammed the "half-baked idea" and warned he could split the vote, handing the White House back to Donald Trump in 2020. "And they are looking for a better choice", he said.

Howard Schultz, then-executive chairman of Starbucks Corporation, at an Atlantic Council discussion in Washington, D.C., on May 10, 2018.

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Bloomberg ran as an independent for his third term as mayor and won his first two terms as a Republican.

Howard Schultz said he isn't anxious about people's criticism that his potential 2020 run could inadvertently help President Donald Trump win re-election.

One tweet that criticized his announcement has received nearly double the likes that Schultz's original tweet has.

Schultz said while he's been a lifelong Democrat, the US now has about $21.5 trillion of debt and both parties are guilty of "a reckless failure of their constitutional responsibility". "And so, you know, I would suggest to Mr. Schultz to truly think about the negative impact that that might make". But he also criticized Democrats' Medicare-for-All healthcare proposal, calling it "as false as the wall", and noting that free health care is something the country can not afford. He said, "I don't want to talk in the hypothetical about what I would do if I was president". After stepping down as the CEO of the chain in June past year, Shultz remains the owner of some 33 million shares of Starbucks directly and another 1.7 million shares indirectly.

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