DALLAS, TX — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban could be the next billionaire with no political experience to make a run for the office of President of the United States of America. Cuban was a vocal and harsh critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign while supporting Hillary Clinton during that campaign.
“If I can come up with solutions that I think people can get behind and truly solve problems, then it makes perfect sense for me to run,” Cuban said on Bakari Sellers’ podcast ViewPoint, which was posted Tuesday morning. “If it comes down to, do I think I can win because I can convince more people to vote for me, then no.”
Cuban, who describes himself as a political independent, said he has views on both sides of the political spectrum.
“I’m not traditional in terms of politics at all,” he said, referring to the two major political parties. “”I think that’s what gets us in trouble. I believe there are right and wrong answers to problems. My goal is always to find a solution.”
.@mcuban tells me he is “seriously considering” running for POTUS. New pod out now! https://t.co/ckOMQXoFHZ— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 3, 2017
Cuban became a billionaire when he sold broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999. He bought a majority share of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for $285 million in January 2000 from H. Ross Perot Jr. In a 20-year frame prior to Cuban buying his share, the Mavericks won just 40 percent of their games, had a 21-32 playoff record and were a perennial doormat in the league. In an 11-year frame after his purchase, the team won 70 percent of their games and made the playoffs 10 of those years, even winning the NBA championship over the LeBron James-led Miami Heat in 2011.
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According to the podcast, Cuban said he’d be fine with sharing his tax records, something President Trump hasn’t done. He also doesn’t think the country is divided as it sometimes appears.
“When we watch the news … it’s so easy to think everything else is falling apart, when in reality for 98 percent of us, the love is there. We get along and we like our neighbors. We just can’t lose sight of that,” he said. “A lot of it goes to leadership because when we look to the president for a calming influence, we’re not seeing that. But a lot of it’s our own undoing. I know I’m just as guilty. I watch news all day. I’m trying to force myself to listen to more music.”
When asked if the country is more divided than ever, Cuban says he thinks not.
“I think we’re doing it more than we give ourselves credit for,” he said. “If you asked random people the name of our vice president and you asked the same people the name of Beyonce’s twins, more people are going to give you the right answer for Beyonce’s twins.”
Cuban recently sent the team plane to Puerto Rico to supply aid after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, and he’s been outspoken against players taking a knee during the national anthem.
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Top image: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban speaks about professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem while speaking to reporters during an NBA basketball team’s media day Dallas, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.
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