Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban spent his Tuesday teasing the media about his potential and highly-speculated-upon 2020 presidential bid.
First, in an interview with former Democratic South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers on Sellers’ podcast ViewPoint, Cuban said he was “seriously considering” a run for the White House.
“Considering, yes,” Cuban said. “Ready to commit to it, no.”
Later, in an interview with CNBC, Cuban said he is “actively considering” a presidential bid, even though he added that there’s a 90% chance he will not run.
“Based off what’s happening in the White House, based off what’s happening in the country and the world, we need better leadership,” Cuban said. “And I think I could do a better job. But there’s a lot more to it than just thinking you can do a better job and so, I’m not ready to make the commitment.”
“It’s not my all-time dream to be president of the United States,” he added.
The owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” has spent months teasing reporters about a potential bid. Cuban is often sharply critical of President Donald Trump, and the billionaire mogul supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 general election campaign. However, he expressed openness to Trump’s candidacy during the Republican primary.
It is not clear yet whether Cuban, a self-proclaimed political independent, would seek the presidency as a Democrat or as an independent candidate should he run in 2020.
Recently, Cuban criticised Trump’s controversial comments aimed at NFL and NBA players, offered up his thoughts on the Republican tax reform proposal, and has assisted in Puerto Rico hurricane recovery efforts.
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