The idea of a “Cuban 2020” campaign gained new life this weekend, courtesy of President Trump. But the Mavs’ owner has stated in no uncertain terms that he’s not interested in a future presidential bid. —Keenan Mayo
Mark Cuban just loves playing coy about a potential bid for the Oval Office.
Over the last couple of years, the Dallas Mavericks’ owner and Shark Tank star has given interviews in which he’s stated unequivocally “there’s nothing about me that wants to take any political office,” and others in which he’s said a bid for the White House is “certainly a consideration.” According to Cuban's Shark Tank co-star, the cowboy-shirt-wearing Silicon Valley investor Chris Sacca—who spoke to several outlets on the subject of a future Cuban presidency during the final stretch of last year’s campaign—there is “a 100 percent chance that Mark Cuban becomes the president of the United States.”
The never-ending saga of “Mark Cuban 2020: Will He or Won’t He?” was given new life this weekend, thanks to none other than President Trump. Yesterday, when the president wasn’t relaxing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida—after wining and dining and golfing with the president of Japan—he fired what appeared to be a from-nowhere attack on Cuban.
I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls.He's not smart enough to run for president!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
Trump’s surprise blitz was apparently prompted by an article published in The New York Post on Sunday titled “Trump’s White House eyes potential foes in 2020 election,” which cites high-level sources claiming that the White House’s “biggest fear” is a Cuban campaign in four years.
“He’s not a typical candidate,” an “insider” is quoted saying. “He appeals to a lot of people the same way Trump did…. Mark is the kind of guy who would drop half a billion dollars of his own money on the race.”
Last night, Cuban responded to Trump’s missive.
How soon they forget .... pic.twitter.com/VXcfnjj4qX— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 12, 2017
I don't know. But isn't it better for all of us that he is tweeting rather than trying to govern ? https://t.co/953MuEdfeu— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 12, 2017
Well, there he goes again. Is he or is he not actually running?
If you find the whole thing slightly dizzying, we’d like to provide some much-needed clarity.
“We’ve read that you’re mulling a run for president one day,” said Zinczenko. “Is that true?”
“No chance I’d run for president,” Cuban responded. “I wouldn’t do that to my family.”
Well, there’s nothing vague about that.
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