Mark Cuban Leaves the Door Open for a 2020 Presidential Run
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Billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban revealed during an interview with Axios that he may jump into the 2020 presidential election.
“If this would’ve been a month ago, I would have said absolutely not,” Cuban said to Axios CEO Jim Vandehei. “But obviously things are crazy, things are changing.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
According to Axios, the billionaire businessman’s decision to run would be highly dependent on the state of the country, given that “everything’s a reset right now.” But Cuban declined to elaborate on what would need to happen for him to run for president this year, only remarking that he would “keep an open mind.”
“I doubt it, but you know, like I said, everything’s a reset right now. You never say never,” said Cuban, reports the news agency. “I’ll keep an open mind, but I seriously doubt it.”
Earlier this week, Cuban refused to answer a question from Yahoo News about a future presidential run, but did mention that he believes the country is experiencing a “void of leadership.” Last year, Cuban told CNBC that it would take a “perfect storm” for him to declare a presidential run, and if he did, he would run as an Independent.
“We’ll see what happens. It would take the perfect storm for me to do it,” Cuban told the news agency. “There’s some things that could open the door, but I’m not projecting or predicting it right now.”
Cuban's comments to Axios come just days after he praised President Trump for his Phase 4 stimulus package idea.
On Tuesday, President Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts about a "Phase 4" stimulus bill to combat the economic destruction cause by the Chinese Coronavirus.
The President stated that it may be time to pass a long awaited infrastructure bill.
“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
“It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country!” he added.
Cuban, who tends to lean left, agreed with the President.
"He's right,” Cuban said during an interview on Tuesday with Yahoo Finance. “But, the question is: How do we do it and what do we do? I don't think we can just do it the old school way of just rebuilding roads and bridges. We need to look and say, 'Can we do a complete reset? What do we need to do going forward?’”
Cuban went on to say that "you can't just bring over manufacturing and expect it to be competitive."
"We are not the leader in robotics in the world. So, when we talk about infrastructure, we can talk about building the new factories that incorporate robotics and building software. So then, we can start bringing over those jobs from China and manufacture the critical PPE and other products that we need to have manufactured here. That's part 1," he said.
Cuban went on to say that we must think about climate change while keeping emissions low.
"When we talk about rebuilding infrastructure, I think we need to start asking about having self-driving cars-only lanes on roads,” he said. “We need to talk about on highways, how do we make sure self-driving trucks and autonomous vehicles can operate with cross-country carrying and load-carrying?"
Yahoo Finance reports:
Cuban said part of this process will involve getting people comfortable with self-driving cars, especially within cities. He suggested putting bridges over the top of roads like in Las Vegas for pedestrians crossing the street.
If the U.S. sticks to the old school playbook on infrastructure, the country may look back and realize a missed opportunity that was obvious, he said.
"Look, it's great to rebuild roads. Nobody wants to drive through potholes. We want to create those jobs,” he said. “But, at some point in the future, we are going to ask ourselves, 'Why didn't we consider the fact that we are going towards autonomous driving?’ It's just obvious. This isn't predicting a Jetsons-like event. We know that autonomous vehicles will be part of our future. We are already starting to see it."
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