In the midst of CNN’s Tuesday Town Hall with prospective independent presidential candidate and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, moderator Poppy seemed to get a bit annoyed at her guest when he appeared unwilling to “commit” to dropping out of the race in the event he would spoil the election for Democrats in the fall of 2020.
The question about leaving the race first came up via a Rice University student who wasn’t a fan of the two-party system. After Schultz explained how he felt he could get broad support from the electorate, and refused to run as a Democrat (a question from Harlow), Harlow began grilling him about at what point he would drop out of the race (click “expand” to read):
Schultz’s response was not good enough for Harlow, so she attempted to pressure him into promising to drop out at some point. “But Mr. Schultz, the fall of 2020 is what I was asking about. If you do run and the numbers don’t add up your way and it looks like it would mean a second term to the President, would you commit to dropping out,” she demanded to know.