Howard Schultz to be featured at CNN town hall in Texas next week

Howard Schultz to be featured at CNN town hall in Texas next week
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CNN will host a town hall with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz next week in Texas as the businessman mulls a potential White House bid.

Schultz, who last month began publicly considering running for president as a "centrist independent," will take questions from voters "representing civic and educational organizations" at the Feb. 12 event in Houston, CNN announced Wednesday.

The live event will be moderated by "CNN Newsroom" anchor Poppy Harlow.

Schultz has been the focus of Democratic ire since he announced late last month that he was considering an independent presidential bid.

Democrats fear that the billionaire businessman running as an independent could split opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE and help pave the way for Trump to be reelected in 2020.

Schultz, 65, resigned as Starbucks CEO in June 2018.

Tuesday's town hall will mark CNN's second such event this year featuring a declared or potential presidential candidate.

Last week, the network featured Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Kamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry MORE (D-Calif.), who has announced a White House campaign, at Drake University in Iowa.

CNN has held a variety of town hall events with politicians in recent years. In October, shortly before the midterm elections, it held one in Texas with then-Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Teachers union to host 2020 Democratic presidential forum focused on education MORE (D).

O'Rourke, who is mulling joining the 2020 Democratic presidential field, has said he will make a decision this month on whether to launch a White House bid.