Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said this week that no current candidate seeking the Democrat nomination could beat President Trump in 2020. He also hinted that he might run for president as an independent.
During a phone interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Cuban was asked which Democrat he thought had the best chance to beat Trump. “Nobody right now,” the billionaire answered.
Cuban added that it seems like voters aren’t looking for career politicians these days. “If you look at why people voted for Donald Trump, in my opinion, first and foremost it was because he wasn’t a politician,” he said.
“Politicians are the least trusted of every profession,” the TV reality show host said noting that every Democrat running is a career politician.
Cuban also said that it is way too early to say if any of the Democrats running could break out of the pack. He added that he doesn’t think any of the candidates actually believe that they can get any of the ideas they are espousing put into effect even if they won the White House. All the crazy proposals coming out of Democrats are nothing but “headline porn” as far as Cuban is concerned.
Amidst his scoffing at the current Democrat field, Cuban noted that there is room for someone “in the middle” to run.
“I still think there’s a real opportunity for somebody who is in the middle but has some charisma, has the ability to relate to both sides but is not a politician. The reality is people don’t trust politicians,” he said.
With that in mind, Cuban admitted that he could run for the White House himself, but he would likely do so as an independent.
“We’ll see what happens. It would take the perfect storm for me to do it,” Cuban said. “There’s some things that could open the door, but I’m not projecting or predicting it right now.”
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