Mark Cuban Reveals If He Will Run For President Now That He’s 'Analyzed His Odds'
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Billionaire Mark Cuban announced this week that he will not be running for president as a third party candidate against President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
During an interview with former Obama adviser David Axelrod, Cuban said after speaking with his family about it and analyzing his odds, he decided that he did not want to make the jump.
“In a three-way between me, [Joe] Biden and [Donald] Trump, I dominated the independent vote — I got like 77 percent percent of it and was able to take some votes away from Donald and some votes away from Biden,” Cuban said.
“But in aggregate, I was only able to get up to 25 percent,” he added. “From every which way, crosstab, you name it, I had it analyzed and scrutinized every which way, projected, and they could only see me getting up to 25 percent.”
Cuban, one of the stars on the show Shark Tank and the owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, said his decision was only based on his own numbers, not whether he would help or hurt one candidate over the other.
“Not so much that. I just didn’t think I could win. The competitive side of me thought, when people heard me speak, when people heard my positions, when people heard the fact that I understood what I was talking about and understood technology and none of the candidates understood technology that maybe I could do it,” Cuban said.
Cuban said his family was not too thrilled about the idea, either.
“If the numbers would have come back significantly higher and I would have been able to take more away from either or both candidates then I probably would have tried to convince my family,” Cuban explained. “But given where [the numbers] were it just wasn’t worth it.”
Cuban has been flirting with the idea of a presidential run for years, and he has also jumped into the political fray from time to time.
Late last year, Cuban said he and the president kept in touch and often discussed the markets.
“He’s like, ‘What do you think about the stock market?’” Cuban says Trump asked him. “I’m like, ‘Oh, hi Donald. What do you think about the stock market?’” Cuban said, according to CNBC.
Cuban also said Trump reached out to him last year after the Mavericks pulled off a trade to land former New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.