Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur and outspoken owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, reportedly was approached to run as a third-party presidential candidate against another billionaire, Donald Trump. According to The Washington Post, these anti-Trump GOP recruiters saw Cuban as a viable alternative to their party’s presumptive nominee, but were turned down.
“I don’t see it happening,” Cuban reportedly wrote in an email.
Cuban said that Trump “could come after me all he wanted, and he knows I would put him in his place. All that said, again, I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time.”
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Not only did Cuban turn down their offer, but he’s now saying he’s not even planning on voting for a Republican candidate.
Cuban told Erin Burnette of CNN on Monday that if the general election were held today, he’d vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“When it comes to real estate, I’ll defer to him every time,” the businessman said of Trump. “… When Donald first got into the race, I was really excited. … we needed a change. I just expected him to approach it a lot differently than he has,” Cuban added.
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Burnette pressed Cuban to comment about who he’d pick if he had to decide right now. Cuban sighed, appeared to think about his response momentarily, and then said, “Fortunately, it’s not today. And so I have six months, but I’d probably say right now it’d be Hillary. Because the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. I know what Hillary’s positions are. I can go to Hillary’s website and there’s spreadsheets, there’s depth, there’s analysis, there’s detail. I go to Donald’s website, which I have, he lists issues. He lists top-line things that he’d like to do but he doesn’t say how he’s going to get there,” Cuban concluded.
Trump’s website features his positions and proposed plans of action on topics ranging from repealing Obamacare to 2nd Amendment rights and trade issues with China.
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