In a New York Times op-ed published Thursday, the Starbucks chairman and CEO knocked down speculation he might throw his hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination.
After days of rumors that he might make a bid for the White House, Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz declared Thursday that he’ll stick with the coffee business.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a few ideas on how to run the country.
In a New York Times op-ed published Thursday, Schultz wrote that, “Despite the encouragement of others, I have no intention of entering the presidential fray. I’m not done serving at Starbucks.”
He criticized aspirants to the nomination for being “unable to rise above petty politics.”
Most Read Local Stories
- Coronavirus daily news updates, Dec. 2: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world VIEW
- It's past time for the Donald Trump and Loren Culp election sideshows to go dark
- Coronavirus daily news updates, Dec. 3: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world VIEW
- Tire dust killing coho salmon returning to Puget Sound, new research shows WATCH
- Wrong-way driver and motorcyclist killed in fiery 7-vehicle crash on Highway 167
“Our country deserves a candidate courageous enough to select a member of the other party as a running mate,” he wrote. “Our country deserves a president humble enough to see leadership not as an entitlement but as a privilege.”
Speculation about Schultz jumping into the race surfaces occasionally, in part because the Democratic-leaning executive is vocal about social and policy issues.
But rumors took a more urgent tone this week after New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that powerful friends of the coffee titan were encouraging him to run.
Schultz said there’s plenty people can do to solve America’s problems from outside the White House: “The values of servant leadership — putting others first and leading from the heart — need to emerge from every corner of American life, including the business community.”