Billionaire investor Mark Cuban said on Tuesday, May 14, that in the Democratic primary field “nobody right now” would beat President Trump in 2020. Cuban is also leaving open the possibility to run as an independent.
When asked which national Democratic candidate had the greatest opportunity against the president, Cuban answered, “Nobody right now.”
“I think what people are missing is if you look at why people voted for Donald Trump, in my opinion, it was because, first and foremost, it was because he wasn’t a politician,” Cuban told CNBC. “And look, if you look at the Democratic field, it’s all politicians, and politicians are the least trusted of every profession.” Cuban added that it seems like voters aren’t looking for career politicians these days.
Cuban, whose net worth is estimated at $ 3.9 billion, did not rule out a bid for the White House in 2020, but said it would “take a thunderstorm for me to do it,” quoting the toll that a campaign would bring on his three teenage children.
“We’ll see what happens … the definition of bad parenting is running for president when you have three young kids, 9, 12 and 15,” Cuban said. “So there’s some things that could open the door. I’m not projecting or predicting right now.”
An NBA team owner and one of the stars of the “Shark Tank” ABC reality show, Cuban said he would do it as an independent if he did run.
Cuban also criticized what he described as the Democratic “trickle-down taxation” proposals, calling them “headline porn.”
What about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who leads in the Democratic primary polls?
“There’s nobody that really stands out, even though Biden’s leading the polls,” Cuban said. “I like Vice President Biden, I think he’s smart, I think he could do a decent job, but I think it’s still way too early to tell, and there’s a lot of change yet to come.”
Cuban is not the first billionaire businessman to contemplate an independent bid for the White House in 2020. Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO, announced in January that he was considering such a move, but he has recently kept a low profile.