Howard Schultz Puts Possible 2020 Candidacy On Hold While Recovering from Back Surgeries

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz won’t be doing any more 2020 campaign exploring until September.

Schultz announced in January that he was “seriously considering” running for president in 2020. But after an early media blitz and a series of appearances across the country, he mostly dropped off the radar in recent weeks, sparking questions about what exactly the status of his potential campaign was and whether he was still exploring a candidacy.

In a letter on Wednesday, Schultz addressed his absence, saying that he had to “cut my travels short” after experiencing back pain while in Arizona, and that he underwent three back surgeries over the course of two months. “Today, I am feeling much better, and my doctors foresee a full recovery so long as I rest and rehabilitate. I have decided to take the summer to do just that.”

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SOURCE: Brendan Morrow, The Week