Mark Cuban rushed onto the scene in 2016 as a major Donald Trump critic, causing many to wonder whether or not Cuban should run for president. The billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner revealed in a recent interview that he is certainly on the fence about the prospect of doing so in 2020.
What did he say?
Speaking with Harvey Levin on his Fox News show “OBJECTified,” Cuban revealed that prior to the 2016 presidential election he was “apolitical,” but that changed after Trump arrived on scene.
Cuban said he believes the next president needs to be someone who has comprehensive knowledge of the issues facing America and is able to relate with the average American, something he says he could do, yet Trump has failed at.
"We’re going into an era where people want someone who comes up with solutions,” Cuban said.
Which party’s nomination would he seek?
Cuban told Levin that he’s “fiercely independent,” but when pressed on the issue, he revealed he would run as a Republican.
"Because I think there’s a place for somebody who is socially a centrist but I’m very fiscally conservative but I think there’s better ways now to make government smaller than the old traditional Republican ways,” Cuban said, before explaining that future candidates must know the impact technology will have on the American marketplace.
How close is he to making a decision?
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a definite run, Cuban said he is right now at a four. However, he cautioned that he will only run if he believes he has real solutions to problems facing our country.
Otherwise, “you won’t see me anywhere near being a politician,” Cuban said.
Cuban has previously said the odds are against him running. “The odds are strongly against it because my wife would divorce me,” Cuban said. “It‘s more of a family issue than any other issue.”