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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says No To Politics

Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz, reacts as he talks to a crowd of employees gathered to watch him remotely ring the closing bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Starbucks' headquarters in Seattle, on the day marking the 40th anniversary of the company. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)(Ted S. Warren/AP)

February 18, 2012

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has taken a more public role in politics by encouraging a campaign donation boycott. But in an interview with CNN set to air tomorrow, Schultz says his role won't extend beyond that activism.

Schultz is sometimes named as a potential third-party candidate through the group Americans Elect, an outside organization that has spent millions to get ballot access. But he told CNN's Candy Crowley on Friday he won't run.

"I have no interest in public office," Schultz said in an interview set to air on Sunday's edition of State of the Union. "I have only one interest, and that is I want the country to be on the right track."

"I just feel that for some reason, over the last few years, there's been a fracturing of understanding and sensibility about the responsibility that the leadership in Washington must have to the people who are being left behind," Schultz went on. "And I'm significantly disappointed about the ideology, the partisanshipness, and, obviously, the way in which everyone in Washington is focused on one thing right now, which is reelection."

A Starbucks spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email late Saturday asking more specifically about Americans Elect. If and when the company responds, we'll update.

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