September 15, 2015– On Monday, .com billionaire Mark Cuban interviewed with CNBC where he delivered his thoughts on the White House race. Shortly after the interview, headlines popped up across the country declaring that Cuban was thinking of running for President.
USA TODAY ran the headline “Mark Cuban is Thinking of Running for President“. However, in the CNBC interview, Cuban couldn’t have been more clear- he’s not running. Yet, most potential candidates say the exact same thing before they become official candidates.
Cuban did say he gets asked to run every day and said that it’s a fun idea to toss around. As if making a practice round, Cuban went on to trade blows with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
In an email exchange, Cuban went as far as to detail how he would structure his potential campaign.
“If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton,” Cuban told CNBC. “And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”
Cuban went on to criticize the Republican Party for forcing their candidates to conform to their social issues.
Although he was relatively harsh to Trump in the CNBC interview, Cuban has praised Trump again and again.
In June, Cuban praised Trump, calling the real estate developer “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time” via his CyberDust app.
“I don’t care what his actual positions are,” wrote Cuban, according to Business Insider (a website he partially owns). “I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
Last night, Trump hosted a rally in the arena where the Dallas Mavericks play, which Cuban owns, where one of the largest presidential crowds so far, for either party, assembled to hear him speak.
At his Dallas speech, Trump had nothing but praise for Cuban and encouraged him to join the race. “Another great guy is Mark Cuban,” Trump said to a roar of applause. “And I think, you know, he’s been talking about maybe doing this himself. And I think he’d do a great job. We don’t have the exact same feelings about where we’re going, but that’s okay.”