Potential independent candidate for president Howard Schultz said if the numbers do not add up he will not run for president because he does not want to see President Donald Trump reelected to a second term. He called his candidacy a "new choice" and a "better choice."
Schultz at a townhall Tuesday night hosted by CNN on Tuesday:
POPPY HARLOW, CNN: If you run, Mr. Schultz, and if you look at the polls in the fall of 2020 and it looks like you are going to be a spoiler, like you will get President Trump reelected, will you drop out of the race?
HOWARD SCHULTZ, CNN: Okay, a very important question, so let's clarify this right now, right here, on national TV, on CNN.
First off, the issue of being a spoiler, how can you spoil a system that is already broken? It's just not working? So it's not -- it's not the right word.
Now, what I've said publicly and I want to repeat, if the math doesn't tally up when I get through the next three or four months and I take my message out to the American people and I continue to talk this way about how concerned I am about the country and how much I think we can do so much better under a different process, if the numbers don't add up, I will not run for president, because I will not do anything, whatsoever, to re-elect Donald Trump. No one wants to see him fired more than me.