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Howard Schultz on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Pro-choice, but against third trimester abortion. (Apr 2019)
  • Pro-choice advocate for all of my life. (Mar 2019)
Howard Schultz on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • $22 trillion debt is immoral and reckless. (Mar 2019)
  • People feel the painful effects of political gamesmanship. (Jan 2019)
  • $5M to start community lending in Great Recession. (Jan 2019)
  • Raising debt ceiling is false goal: focus on balanced budget. (Jan 2019)
  • 2008: closed 600 Starbucks stores due to Great Recession. (Mar 2012)
  • 2009 stimulus package lifted consumer confidence. (Mar 2012)
  • Debt ceiling agreement and balanced budget will save economy. (Sep 2011)
Howard Schultz on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Regardless of skin color, get every American represented. (Feb 2019)
  • Starbucks did little to stop sexual harassment of employees. (Feb 2019)
  • Race Together: dialog about race relations in stores. (Jan 2019)
  • Race Together: conversation on race with all Starbucks staff. (Jun 2018)
  • Better race relations starts with conversation. (Dec 2014)
  • Support AIDS programs and employee AIDS walks. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Corporations
Click here for 9 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Achieve profit with humanity & pathway to middle class. (Mar 2019)
  • Rich should pay higher taxes, and corporations too. (Feb 2019)
  • Cafes in Italy are welcoming; Starbucks brings that here. (Jan 2019)
  • 1991: "Bean Stock" gives all employees ownership share. (Jan 2019)
  • Transformational Agenda: Starbucks is heart of neighborhood. (Jan 2019)
  • American Dream can't be accessible only in right zip code. (Jun 2018)
  • Support worthy causes in countries where our coffee is grown. (Jan 1999)
  • Build a big business on small business values. (Jan 1999)
  • People worry that national chains homogenize neighborhoods. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Open discussion about black communities' mistrust of police. (Jan 2019)
  • Restore public trust by increasing police diversity. (Jan 2019)
  • After Ferguson riots, distribute compendium about race. (Jan 2019)
  • Ignoring shootings of black men makes us part of the problem. (Jan 2019)
Howard Schultz on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Howard Schultz on Education
Click here for 6 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • First in family to attend college; offer same at Starbucks. (Mar 2019)
  • Hold colleges responsible, but help students handle debt. (Feb 2019)
  • 3,000 people graduated college on Starbucks' tuition. (Feb 2019)
  • Supplement Pell Grants to make online college tuition-free. (Jan 2019)
  • Private sector can do more for millennial students. (Jan 2019)
  • Supporting individual's efforts to reform education locally. (May 2011)
Howard Schultz on Energy & Oil
Click here for 2 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Green New Deal is well-intended but too extreme. (Mar 2019)
  • Green New Deal is unrealistic at $40 trillion. (Feb 2019)
Howard Schultz on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Protect earth's resources and promote sustainable farming. (Mar 2012)
  • Effort to reduce environmental impact of Starbucks. (Mar 2012)
  • Human deforestation contributes more carbon than all cars. (Mar 2012)
  • Paper sleeves instead of polystyrene coffee cups. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Howard Schultz on Foreign Policy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • China is not an ally, but we need to work with them. (Feb 2019)
  • CARE programs in rural areas in Third World. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Trump's tariff war is a strategic mistake. (Feb 2019)
  • Bring manufacturing back, even at cost to bottom line. (Nov 2014)
  • Starbucks has opened thousands of stores in China. (Mar 2012)
  • Framework for coffee importers: improve quality of life. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Political contributions unduly influence policy. (Mar 2019)
  • Gerrymandered districts reflect will of political parties. (Mar 2019)
  • Reduce partisanship with 2/3 vote for Court nominations. (Mar 2019)
  • Our government's dysfunction is great & we need to fix it. (Mar 2019)
Howard Schultz on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Honor Second Amendment but enact sensible gun laws. (Feb 2019)
  • False choice between gun ban and unlimited gun ownership. (Feb 2019)
  • 2013: Requested customers not bring guns to Starbucks. (Sep 2013)
Howard Schultz on Health Care
Click here for 9 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Medicare-for-All: $32T cost is out of touch with reality. (Apr 2019)
  • ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far. (Feb 2019)
  • President must take responsibility for V.A. (Feb 2019)
  • False choice between socialized medicine & ObamaCare repeal. (Feb 2019)
  • Keep employee health benefits during Great Recession. (Jan 2019)
  • Apply affordable healthcare to part-time employees. (Jan 2019)
  • Single-payer health care is a false promise. (Jan 2019)
  • Expand coverage to include part-time employees. (Jan 1999)
  • Offer employee coverage for terminal illnesses. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Homeland Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Imagine if politicians lived by "Honor, country, and duty". (Nov 2014)
  • Volunteer army means 98% of us have no skin in the game. (Nov 2014)
Howard Schultz on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Immigrants exemplify the American dream. (Mar 2019)
  • Border security ok, but don't demonize immigrants. (Feb 2019)
  • Great-grandparents immigrated from Easter Europe in 1890s. (Feb 2019)
  • False choice between mass deportation and abolishing ICE. (Feb 2019)
  • Hire 10,000 refugees from Trump's Muslim-ban countries. (Jan 2019)
Howard Schultz on Jobs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Create company our parents had no chance to work for. (Feb 2019)
  • When workers hurt in 1960s, they were dismissed & no income. (Jan 2019)
  • Key to job growth is loans to small business. (Jan 2019)
Howard Schultz on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Two massive failures: One of character; one of institutions. (Mar 2019)
  • Science is real, and so is religion and faith. (Mar 2019)
  • Vast majority of Americans aren't going to embrace socialism. (Mar 2019)
  • Leadership brings talented people together to solve problems. (Feb 2019)
  • Not home; not work; Starbucks is a "third place". (Jan 2019)
  • Centrist independent outside of the two-party system. (Jan 2019)
  • Pour Your Heart into It: the story of Starbucks. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Howard Schultz on Tax Reform
Click here for 2 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Would increase taxes on rich, sketchy on details. (Mar 2019)
  • Tax cuts for the middle class; but wealthy pay more. (Feb 2019)
Howard Schultz on Technology
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  • 1997: Appropriate Technology Initiative in Guatemala. (Jan 1999)
Howard Schultz on War & Peace
Click here for 3 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Strengthen NATO alliance to fight Russian cyber-attacks. (Apr 2019)
  • 1972: Didn't protest in streets, but anti-Vietnam War. (Jan 2019)
  • Vietnam War did little to combat spread of Communism. (Jan 2019)
Howard Schultz on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • FoodShare: Distribute unsold Starbucks items to food banks. (May 2016)
  • Small loans to coffee farmers in Rwanda & Costa Rica. (Mar 2012)
  • Bought cows for coffee co-op farmers in Rwanda. (Mar 2012)
  • Donates 8-day-old coffee beans to food banks. (Jan 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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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
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
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)
(No votes on which to base response)
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

Howard Schultz is a Moderate Liberal.
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