POLITICS 01/28/2019 11:42 am ET Updated 0 minutes ago Howard Wolfson also says Howard Schultz’s presidential bid would be a bad thing for Democrats. By Andy Campbell Should former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz run for president as an independent ― as he has suggested he might ― it would split the Democratic vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s re-election, billionaire Michael Bloomberg said. In a tweet Monday afternoon, Bloomberg ― who himself is flirting with a 2020 run as a Democrat ― said that any third-party candidate would disproportionately threaten the Democratic nominee, whoever he or she is, in the 2020 presidential election. “Given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win,” he said as part of a statement. “That is truer today than ever before.” Bloomberg was parroting a tweet from Sunday by Howard Wolfson, who now works for the Bloomberg Foundation. “I have seen enough data over many years to know that anyone running for POTUS as an independent will split the anti-incumbent, anti-Trump vote,” he wrote. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. We can not afford the risk of spoiler politics that result in Trump’s… Read full this story
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