Mark Cuban doesn’t think a single Democrat running in 2020 can take out President Trump, and has left the door open to his own run as an independent candidate.
Speaking with CNBC‘s Scott Wapner, the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks said “We’ll see what happens. It would take the perfect storm for me to do it,” adding “There’s some things that could open the door, but I’m not projecting or predicting it right now.”
“I still think there’s a real opportunity for somebody who is in the middle but has some charisma, has the ability to relate to both sides but is not a politician. The reality is people don’t trust politicians,” he added during the telephone interview with Halftime Report.
When asked which Democrat he thought could take on Trump, Cuban said “nobody right now,” adding “If you look at why people voted for Donald Trump, in my opinion, first and foremost it was because he wasn’t a politician.”
The more than 20 Democratic candidates so far are all politicians – which are “the least trusted of every profession,” said Cuban.
Even former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently polling at #1 among the Democratic field, is a toss-up according to Cuban, who said “I like Vice President Biden I think he’s smart and he could do a decent job, but I think it’s way too early to tell.”
Cuban said most of the Democratic proposals so far are just “headline porn.” “I don’t think they believe what they’re proposing is passable,” he said.
He said most of them include trickle-down taxation, which in his opinion “does not work.”
“I think that trickle-down economics is a failure. I think trickle-down taxation is just as big a failure,” Cuban said.
Cuban isn’t the first billionaire businessman contemplating an independent bid for the White House in 2020. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced in January he was considering such a move, but he has been keeping a low profile recently.
Cuban entertained the notion of running in 2016, saying in an email to CNBC that he could beat both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – only to later say he had better things to do.
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Author: Tyler Durden