Schultz says he is considering running as an independent because he thinks the Democrats have "shifted so far to the left", but if he can't tell the difference between the for-profit health insurance industry and the coffee business, it's going to be a long slog.
Though he declined to answer McCain's question, Schultz is apparently trying to find a lane that involves appealing only to people who don't believe important cultural questions, abortion included, will have any significant impact on their children's future- and telling the rest of the electorate their priorities are "the problem" with politics.
As he continues to weigh whether to jump into the 2020 race, Schultz has been receiving push back from Democrats who argue that he would siphon votes from the party's nominee, ultimately handing President Donald Trump his second term. One adviser not authorized to speak on the record said the Democratic backlash over the last two days had helped Schultz make that case, while also allowing Schultz to distance himself from his own Democratic roots.
"Howard Schultz doesn't have the "guts" to run for President!".
"This is the problem", said Schultz.
An early advertising effort, made possible by Schultz's net worth of about $3.4 billion, would be created to help Schultz show early promise in national polls during his book tour, which he has described as a time to test the appeal of his ideas.
"Go back to getting ratio-ed on Twitter", he continued. "What's "ridiculous" is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else", the senator tweeted.
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Dr Wollaston said that a People's Vote amendment could pass with the "unequivocal backing" of the Labour leadership. He said that no-deal could only be taken off the table if the Government "connived in doing it".
Since announcing his 2020 ambitions, Schultz has made clear his aversion to the kind of bold initiatives meant to improve the lives of working Americans that Warren and other progressives have championed.
"I want to see the American people win", Schultz said.
But in one area where he aligned with Democrats, Schultz said he supports a pathway to citizenship for those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children who are also known as "Dreamers".
With his $3 billion net worth, Schultz would be among the few Americans rich enough to be subjected to the tax.
Tests of a three-way matchup in which former vice president Joe Biden was the Democratic candidate were more challenging for Schultz.
It's not just far-left activists who are upset about Schultz's tease of a presidential run.