Dick's CEO eyes third-party presidential bid: report

Dick's CEO eyes third-party presidential bid: report
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The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods is reportedly considering a presidential run as a third-party candidate.

Politico reports that Ed Stack, a longtime Republican donor, is exploring whether to enter the crowded 2020 field and has tested various messages to focus group in Wisconsin.

The focus group participants were asked to compare Stack in three-way races against President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE and either of the two 2020 Democratic front-runners, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE or Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass.).


Messaging in the focus group reportedly focused on Stack's “leadership” after he said Dick’s destroyed more than $5 million worth of guns when his company made the decision to no longer sell assault-style rifles  following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

An unidentified focus group participant who spoke to Politico said others in the group cited Stack’s age as a concern.

“[Focus group members] mentioned that if Biden’s getting the criticism that he looked old, Ed Stack didn’t look young either,” the participant said.

Stack, at 64 years of age, is younger than Trump, Biden and Warren.

The participant added that some in the focus group felt Stack “didn’t have the charisma it would take to attract a coalition that you’d need to have a chance as a third-party candidate.”

A source close to Stack downplayed his interest in a presidential bid, telling Politico: “Mr. Stack enjoys running Dick's Sporting Goods and has no plans to run for any elected office.”

Stack in recent weeks has made several speaking appearances in support of his new book, “It’s How We Play the Game.”

Last week, he also called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE (R-Ky.) for not bringing the House-passed gun reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote.

"I wish he'd have the guts to bring it to a vote," Stack told Business Insider.

Fellow billionaire Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, briefly jumped in the 2020 race as an independent before officially ending his bid in September.