Chicago Tribune reports that ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz "told a Chicago crowd Monday night that he’s been battered and bruised by Democrats nationally who are angered that he’s contemplating an independent run for president" but promised he would "do nothing to be a spoiler … to re-elect Donald Trump."
But Schultz said he’s unbowed by critics, joking that he’s already lost the Twitter primary. He said he doesn’t believe an independent bid will split the Democratic vote and hand Republican President Donald Trump a second term.
“I promise I will do nothing to be a spoiler … to re-elect Donald Trump. Nobody wants to see this president leave office more than me,” Schultz said at a downtown event where he fielded questions from Ariel Investments’ Mellody Hobson, who is a vice chair of the Starbucks board and Schultz’s friend. While he said he didn’t believe the spoiler narrative to be true, he vowed to “back out” of a run if it appears things are going that way.