Mark Cuban floats presidential run as an independent

Mark Cuban floats presidential run as an independent

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Thursday he would consider running for president as an independent.

The business mogul was asked at a conference in Atlanta if he would run for president and said it was something he was “seriously considering,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Maybe I run as an independent,” he said. “I don’t know. I’m for smaller government ... I think there is a health-care solution.”

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Speculations about Cuban’s presidential aspirations have gained traction in recent months after an August poll showed him leading President Trump in a hypothetical 2020 election if Cuban ran as a Democrat.

Cuban supported Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE during the presidential race and has criticized Trump and his policies, even after saying last May that he would be open to being a running mate for either candidate.

President Trump tweeted in February that Cuban was “not smart enough” to run for president.

Cuban added that family life would be a consideration in whether to run, noting that his wife's thoughts would weigh on the decision.

“If I was single, I’d definitely be running,” he told the newspaper.