On 2/12/2019, I watched and listened very closely as potential third party candidate Howard Schultz answered questions before a live TV audience. Mr. Schultz answered almost every question exactly as I thought that he would.
This is my second article on this website about Howard Schultz. The first article was titled: ” Howard Schultz, The Kingfish, and Ross Perot.” I believe that interested readers will find some interesting facts in the first article about third party presidential candidates. Type the name, Howard Schultz, into the search box on the homepage and then click go and the article will appear.
I have voted in every presidential election in my life since I became old enough to vote. The two major parties are the Democrat party and the Republican party. I only voted for a major party presidential candidate twice in my life. Once was in 1972 and the second time was 2016. In 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, and again in 2012, I voted for third party candidates. ( Editor’s note: Going back to the founding of our Republic some third parties became major parties and some major parties disappeared from the scene. This is briefly covered in the first Howard Schultz article. )
Only in 1992, did I really believe that I could vote for a third party candidate who actually could become President in my lifetime. Ross Perot was ” LarryKinged ” and became a favorite with Democrat and Republican voters. My wife and I took our short Summer vacation in Texas so we could attend the Ross Perot Reform rally.
It was looking great for Ross Perot, and both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were worried. While everything was going Perot’s way in July, 1992, Perot dropped out of the race ! Perot returned as a candidate in October, 1992, but he could never regain his previous level of support.
The Ross Perot situation is important because I understood Mr. Schultz to state that if he became a candidate, he would remain a candidate through the election. Also, Mr. Schultz stated absolutely that under no circumstances would he ever consider running as a Democrat and stated that he was dissatisfied with the Democrat Party. Schultz also stated that he was dissatisfied with the Republican Party.
Schultz only needs to do things for me to accept him as a serious candidate. 1) Stay the course- Mr. Schultz has already stated that he would remain with his third party if he decided to enter the 2020 election. 2) If Mr. Schultz reaches an understanding, which Ross Perot never did, that the election is not just about him, I would consider Mr. Schultz a serious candidate capable of being elected President in 2020. In order to accomplish my second criteria, Mr. Schultz will have to have his name on the ballot of all fifty states and have a candidate from his party on the ballot in the 34 states that have elections to the U.S. Senate in 2020. Ross Perot had his name on the ballot in all fifty states. However, Perot did not have one person from his Reform Party running for a single U.S. Senate seat that was up for election.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to support any candidate from any party in the 2020 election. This article is intended to provide factual and valuable information for all Americans who desire to cast an informed vote in the 2020 election for President of the U.S.)
( Editor’s Note 2 : The U.S. Senate has 100 members and one-third are up for election every two years for a term of six years in length. In 2020, there are presently 34 Senate seats up for election. If an untimely death or health disability should occur there could be more than 34 Seats up for Senatorial election. )