Howard Schultz announced his support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Monday, as well as for “nonpartisan initiatives to defend the legitimacy of our elections.”
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Schultz cited the defeat of incumbent President Donald Trump as “the first step to repair and rebuild our country,” and that his decision to vote for Biden is one he’s casting for “the future of our republic.”
“What is at risk is democracy itself: Checks and balances. Rigorous debate. A free press. An acceptance of facts, not “alternate facts.” Belief in science. Trust in the rule of law. A strong judicial system. Unity in preserving all of our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Schultz said in a letter posted to his personal website.
To that end, the former Starbucks CEO vowed to back organizations “that are mobilizing historically marginalized groups and those who haven’t yet made voting a habit,” in addition to groups working to ensure that “the winner is not declared in the presidential contest until all votes are tallied.”
Schultz had previously weighed a presidential bid of his own in 2019, before opting not to move forward with it last September, stating that “an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country.” At the time, he chose not to endorse a Democratic candidate, levying criticism against a political climate “largely tuned out of political life online and in the news, leaving the extreme voices to define the debate.”
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