Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, urged former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Sunday to “think about the negative impact” of running for president as an independent candidate.
Schultz said in a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday that he was seriously considering an independent bid for the White House.
“I have a concern that if he did run that, essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected,” Castro told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview. “Just the other day, there was a fairly comprehensive poll taken that showed, essentially, right now, that the President has a ceiling of about 41 or 42 percent, in terms of support for him, no matter which Democratic candidate they polled against him.”
“So his only hope, if things stayed the same — and that’s a big if — is essentially to get somebody else, a third-party, to siphon off those votes.”
Julian Castro on a possible Howard Schultz independent presidential bid: "I would suggest to Mr. Schultz to truly think about the negative impact that that might make." pic.twitter.com/E50VjlQgRR
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 27, 2019