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Howard Schultz on VoteMatch

Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Pro-choice, but against third trimester abortion: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice advocate for all of my life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Regardless of skin color, get every American represented: Favors topic 2
Starbucks did little to stop sexual harassment of employees: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Race Together: dialog about race relations in stores: Strongly Favors topic 2
Open discussion about black communities' mistrust of police: Favors topic 2
After Ferguson riots, distribute compendium about race: Favors topic 2
Ignoring shootings of black men makes us part of the problem: Strongly Favors topic 2
Better race relations starts with conversation: Strongly Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Race Together: conversation on race with all Starbucks staff: Favors topic 3
American Dream can't be accessible only in right zip code: Favors topic 3
Support AIDS programs and employee AIDS walks: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Science is real, and so is religion and faith: Favors topic 4
CARE programs in rural areas in Third World: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Medicare-for-All: $32T cost is out of touch with reality: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far: Favors topic 5
False choice between socialized medicine & ObamaCare repeal: Favors topic 5
Keep employee health benefits during Great Recession: Favors topic 5
Apply affordable healthcare to part-time employees: Favors topic 5
Single-payer health care is a false promise: Opposes topic 5
Expand coverage to include part-time employees: Favors topic 5
Offer employee coverage for terminal illnesses: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
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No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
FoodShare: Distribute unsold Starbucks items to food banks: Opposes topic 8
Protect earth's resources and promote sustainable farming: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Effort to reduce environmental impact of Starbucks: Opposes topic 8
Human deforestation contributes more carbon than all cars: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Paper sleeves instead of polystyrene coffee cups: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Restore public trust by increasing police diversity: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Honor Second Amendment but enact sensible gun laws: Opposes topic 10
False choice between gun ban and unlimited gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
2013: Requested customers not bring guns to Starbucks: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Would increase taxes on rich, sketchy on details: Favors topic 11
Rich should pay higher taxes, and corporations too: Favors topic 11
Tax cuts for the middle class; but wealthy pay more: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Immigrants exemplify the American dream: Favors topic 12
Border security ok, but don't demonize immigrants: Favors topic 12
False choice between mass deportation and abolishing ICE: Favors topic 12
Hire 10,000 refugees from Trump's Muslim-ban countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Trump's tariff war is a strategic mistake: Favors topic 13
Bring manufacturing back, even at cost to bottom line: Opposes topic 13
Starbucks has opened thousands of stores in China: Favors topic 13
Framework for coffee importers: improve quality of life: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Strengthen NATO alliance to fight Russian cyber-attacks: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
President must take responsibility for V.A.: Favors topic 15
Imagine if politicians lived by "Honor, country, and duty": Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Gerrymandered districts reflect will of political parties: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
China is not an ally, but we need to work with them: Opposes topic 17
1972: Didn't protest in streets, but anti-Vietnam War: Favors topic 17
Vietnam War did little to combat spread of Communism: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Green New Deal is well-intended but too extreme: Opposes topic 18
Green New Deal is unrealistic at $40 trillion: Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$22 trillion debt is immoral and reckless: Opposes topic 20
$5M to start community lending in Great Recession: Strongly Favors topic 20
Key to job growth is loans to small business: Strongly Favors topic 20
2009 stimulus package lifted consumer confidence: Strongly Favors topic 20
Debt ceiling agreement and balanced budget will save economy: Opposes topic 20

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Page last updated: Dec 17, 2019