The short answer? No.
In this week’s cover story, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told TIME magazine that he was not interested in running for President in 2016, or any public office for that matter.
“I don’t think that is a solution. I don’t think it ends well,” Schultz told TIME, and insists that he is content to, “see what Hillary does.”
The Starbucks CEO did, however, have plenty to discuss when it came to politics in general. In regard to the current state of politics in America, Schultz painted a depressing landscape: “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat…. we can all know and recognize one thing: the country is not going in the right direction.”
TIME also asked Schultz about his call to the White House following the government shutdown in 2013:
“I called the White House after the government shutdown and shared with them [figures showing] that leading into the shutdown and for weeks afterward, we saw a significant drop in consumer spending.” He spoke to people “at the very highest level on both sides of the aisle” to stress his feeling that this effect would be “lingering” and would result in a more skittish consumer. “And that’s exactly what’s happened,” he says.
To read more on his interview, click here.