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If He Ran For President, Mark Cuban Says He Would Run As A Republican


By Chris Katje

Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on December 10, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Maher argued that Democrats might be more boxed into their political identity, while Cuban says Republicans get boxed into being “anti-Roe”. QUINN HARRIS/BENZINGA

 

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, “Shark Tank” host and owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team.One title that likely won’t be added to his resume is U.S. President.

Cuban recently told Bill Maher on the “Club Random” podcast that he has no intention of running for president though he would do so as a Republican.

Cuban also said he didn’t think former President Donald Trump was going to win the 2016 election because he wasn’t a ‘Stepford candidate,’ or someone that follows rules.

“I think you’d be a fabulous president,” Maher said.

Cuban disagreed.

“I’d be so bad,” Cuban said. “I have no patience for that bulls***.”

Cuban also told Maher that he couldn’t do it because of his family and how every inch of his life would be analyzed.

“Every story, everything you’ve ever done, every picture that’s ever taken about you. There’s no f***ing way.”

Cuban told Maher that he is an independent when it comes to politics.

“F*** you if you think I’m supposed to say this or supposed to think that or supposed to be on your side,” Cuban said.

When asked if he had to pick a party to run for politically, Cuban said he would run as a Republican.

“Because I can f*** with them more, and I think they’re more pragmatic. But I think Democrats are smarter.”

Maher argued that Democrats might be more boxed into their political identity, while Cuban says Republicans get boxed into being “anti-Roe” — a reference to political leanings towards abortion issues.

According to Axios, Cuban also criticized primary elections, saying people who vote in them often have the most “extreme views,” making candidates more likely to try to appeal to those “extreme” voters.

(L-R) Haywood Perry, Ansley Carlisle and Mark Cuban attend AFROTECH Conference 2022- Day Two at Austin Convention Center on November 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Cuban agreed and said there’s “no chance” that the 2024 Democratic presidential ticket is two white men. ROBIN L MARSHALL/BENZINGA

Maher also pointed out to Cuban that being a white man could hurt his chances of running as a Democrat with the party being more diverse-focused.

“You can easily imagine the 2024 Republican ticket being two white men and I bet you it will be. You cannot imagine the Democratic ticket being two white men,” Maher said.

Cuban agreed and said there’s “no chance” that the 2024 Democratic presidential ticket is two white men.

Both Cuban and Maher said they are for diversity, but parties often focus not on the candidates.

“We’re in a duopoly. There’s no world of Republicans and Democrats where they come up with the best candidates. There’s just no world where that exists, Cuban said.

 

 

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