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By Allan Smith
Billionaire businessman Howard Schultz, considering an independent 2020 presidential bid, went on Democratic Party in an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.
He said that he is no longer a democrat because he disagrees with the party on a host of issues, and Schultz expressed shock at how strongly the left-wing rumor has been since he announced this week that he maybe run for president.
Asked why he wouldn't just run like a democrat, the former Starbucks CEO said he didn't join the party anymore.
"I have been a democrat, but I am no longer," Schultz said, adding: "I do not associate myself with the Democratic Party that is so far back that basically wants the government to take over the health care system as we can't afford the government to give free college to everyone and the government to give everyone a job … We can't afford it. "[1
"Now I have also been criticized for being a billionaire," he said, pointing to critics on the left who have said he is fighting for liberal proposals to place higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy because he is ultra -wealthy. "Let's talk about it. I'm self-made! I grew up in the Brooklyn, New York projects! I thought it was the American dream?"
Again, the criticism reacts, especially from presidential candidates and democratic late. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Schultz said: "You must criticize me for being successful?"
Warren has been in charge of Schultz's democratic criticism, which strongly disagrees with his proposed wealth tax on the super rich.
"What is ridiculous" is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while the opportunity slips away for everyone else, "Warren tweeted Wednesday. 19659007] Schultz told "Morning Joe", he thinks Warren is "a serious person" even though he chose a trumpet-like attack line in his reply to his criticism.
"She came to see me for some years since and asked me for a contribution to her senate struggle, "he said, adding:" I don't think what Elizabeth Warren stands for. I do not – I do not believe that the country should go to socialism. "
" She is a smart woman. I respect her, "he said." This is not personal. I just don't agree with her. "
Since he announced that he could run as a self-employed, much of the Democratic party has been strongly opposed to him, fearing he could re-elect President Donald Trump by splitting anti-Trump vote. Schultz has said The last thing he wants is that Trump be re-elected, but Trump himself considers Schultz as an asset to his own re-election options.
Bill Burton, a former Deputy Press Secretary to President Barack Obama, now working for Schultz, NBC News told his manager that there would be an "instantaneous strong debate on whether this is a good idea."
But Schultz, as Forbes says, is worth more than $ 3 billion, said MSNBC that he was surprised at how strong his back was.
"Well, I need to do something right to create so many interests and setbacks from the Democratic Party," he said. is a surprise, but I think we expected to see some of the levels of vitriol, but not to the extent it has been. "
He claimed he would be the first" legitimate "independent candidate to lead the presidency, Schultz said he was qualified because of his" life experience. "
" And what qualifies me is that I will be a leader of the country, of all American people, that people will trust and admire [me] for I will understand, "he said." I have gone in their shoes. I'm on both sides of the equation. I am someone who has been – who is successful, I am someone who came from the projects and I understand the American people. " On the question of how much a box of Cheerios costs, Schultz blamed.
" I know "I don't eat Cheerios."
Co-host Mika Brzezinski told him it cost $ 4.
"That's a lot," Schultz said.
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