Mark Cuban Presidential bid 2020, if the circumstances were right.
Dallas Mavericks’ owner has suggested he could run for president if the circumstances were right.
In August 2017, the 60-year-old indicated a presidential bid was something he would consider, though it wasn’t high on his list of priorities. On Monday he reiterated his thoughts on the matter.
“It really would take the exact right set of circumstances,” he told the New York Daily News.
“I haven’t decided anything yet. We’ll see what happens. It all comes down to how things play out. It’s not something I feel like I have to do.”
The Mavericks owner explained the decision of stepping into the political arena is one he would have to consider very carefully, but hinted that the uncertainty surrounding next year’s election could pave the way for surprise candidates.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty with what’s going on with the [Robert] Mueller report, there’s a lot of things that have to be figured out before we know how 2020 is going to play out,” he added.
“But it’s something that if circumstances were right I would do.”
Cuban, however, insisted if he were to run for president, he would do so as an independent. To the Mavericks owner, ideas have a broader appeal than affiliation to a particular party.
“If you have a message that people want to hear and will grab onto, it doesn’t matter if you’re an independent or in one of the two main parties,” he explained.
On Monday, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper became the latest Democrat to launch his presidential candidacy, becoming the second governor to do so a week after Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he would run for president.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and her Minnesota colleague Amy Klobuchar have both kicked off their campaigns, as has California senator Kamala Harris. Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are also in the running.
John McAfee and former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz are rumored to be potential independent candidates. The former was a Libertarian presidential candidate three years ago and, according to The Atlantic, has suggested he could either vie for the nomination again or run as an independent.
At the end of January, Bill Burton, a former aide to President Barack Obama and now an adviser to Schultz, said the former Starbucks CEO would not make a decision before the summer.
“He 100 percent will only run if he sees a viable path,” he told Bloomberg.
“There’s no chance he gets in this race if there isn’t a path.”