Starbucks seeks distance from former chief’s presidential bid

The coffee chain recently gave its staff guidance on how to handle customers’ questions about their former chief executive’s announcement that he might run for president.

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Starbucks is working to distance itself from its former chief’s political ambitions—beginning with coaching its baristas.

The coffee chain’s former chief executive, Howard Schultz, recently announced that he’s considering running for president in 2020:

I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.

— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019

The question I think we all should be asking ourselves is: at this time in America when there's so much evidence that our political system is broken – that both parties at the extreme are not representing the silent majority of the American people – isn't there a better way?

— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019

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