Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, said on Hill.TV’s “Rising” Tuesday that a White House bid from him is unlikely but he has not “closed the door” on the idea.
This year Cuban publicly floated the idea of running for president as an independent after what he has described as a lack of leadership in both parties.
“It was closed, but we have such crazy times and I’ve been getting so many requests that I at least want to keep the door open but it’s still highly unlikely,” Cuban said. “…There would have to be something more than the pandemic.”
Last week, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) announced he launched an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Cuban has said he is a “libertarian at heart” but did not indicate he would vie for the party’s nomination.
Cuban said that neither candidate from the two major parties has shown the level of leadership needed to weather the economic turmoil brought by the pandemic. He also noted that voters mostly chose them at a time before the COVID-19 outbreak which now preoccupies nearly every aspect of the federal government.
“The candidates that we chose during the primary, we didn’t choose them with the pandemic in mind, we didn’t choose candidates that put us in the best position to come out of the pandemic so there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Cuban said Tuesday.
“Right now we have nobody in the federal government that we can trust, yet we’re looking to them or for somebody who we can effectively trust with our lives. That’s what this pandemic is all about: Who can we trust with our lives? And there’s nobody there yet.”
“It’s not something I’m going to rush into, but it’s not something I’ve closed the door on,” he added.