Howard Schultz has heard the wailing and is unmoved. In a USA Today op-ed, the former Starbucks CEO made the case for a third-party independent candidate ... "like me." Though Schultz hasn't formally thrown his hat in the ring, his announcement on Sunday that he was considering doing so led to much hand-wringing among Democrats, who predict his candidacy would split the anti-incumbent vote and hand President Trump a second term. "To suggest that either party’s candidate could lose because of a third choice is intellectually dishonest. I am considering a run because members of both parties are not yet doing the job they were elected to do," he writes. More from his piece and the news around Schultz:
- Schultz makes a pledge: "That I will not seek the presidency unless I believe it is possible to win, and for me to govern well." He says he'll spend the next few months traveling around America, talking to people and gauging whether "the idea of a third choice will resonate"—and he believes it will, citing polls to that end.