Sherrod Brown calls Howard Schultz ‘a total idiot’ over possible independent campaign for president – CNNPolitics

Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday dismissed a possible independent presidential campaign from Howard Schultz, calling the billionaire former Starbucks CEO a “total idiot.”

While talking with voters in Iowa’s Dallas County after a farmers’ roundtable, the Ohio Democrat, who’s also considering a presidential bid, introduced himself to a voter who expressed concern about dark money in politics.
“Yeah, I mean you got this idiot Schultz running, maybe,” Brown replied. “He’s an idiot. I mean, he’s a total idiot.”
Schultz, who stepped down as chairman and CEO of Starbucks last year, told CBS’s Scott Pelley he was seriously mulling a run for president as a “centrist independent” in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired last Sunday.
Schultz, who identifies as a “lifelong Democrat” and told CNN’s Poppy Harlow he considers President Donald Trump “despicable,” has saved most of his criticisms for Democrats, following the announcement of his plans to consider a 2020 bid.
He’s called Sen. Kamala Harris’ support for a “Medicare-for-all” proposal “not American” and “unaffordable,” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal of a 2% annual tax on Americans with incomes over $10 million “an idea that has no merit.”
Schultz isn’t the only independent-minded billionaire considering a run for president. Michael Bloomberg, who was elected mayor of New York as a Republican and later as an independent, is also mulling a run, and has sided with Schultz on the prospect of Medicare-for-all.
However, in a statement released Monday, Bloomberg warned, “In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President. That’s a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can’t afford to run it now.”

 

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