Schultz says he would reconsider 2020 bid if Dems nominate a centrist candidate

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that he would reconsider a potential independent bid for the White House in 2020 if Democrats tapped a centrist candidate as their presidential nominee.

“I would reassess the situation if the numbers change as a result of a centrist Democrat winning the nomination,” Schultz told The Washington Post on Thursday.

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Schultz has irked Democrats in recent weeks with his announcement that he was exploring a potential independent run for the presidency in 2020, with many in the party arguing that such a bid could hurt the party’s chances of ousting President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE.

Schultz has billed himself as a business-minded centrist who would stand in contrast to an increasingly liberal field of Democratic contenders.

He has already hired aides and advisers for a potential 2020 bid, drawing on a pool of campaign staffers with experience on both sides of the aisle.

Several Democrats who have already declared 2020 campaigns have taken more progressive stances on the issues.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (D-Mass.), for example, has lauded a resolution outlining the "Green New Deal" and has proposed an additional tax on the ultra-wealthy.

Another 2020 contender, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBiden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw MORE (D-N.Y.), is among a growing number of Democrats who back a "Medicare for all" plan.

While Schultz told the Post that internal polling shows that he would be competitive in a race against Trump and a progressive Democrat, he could face a narrow path to victory if Democrats nominate a more moderate candidate, like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE.

Biden is said to be nearing a decision on a presidential campaign, but has not announced any plans yet.

He is well regarded among many Democrats, who say that he could help the party win over crucial white working-class voters in 2020.