Dallas Mavericks owner and star of NBC’s “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban said that he was “not ruling it out” when it came to a potential presidential run in 2020, according to Fox News.
When asked if he was going to make a run at the White House as an independent candidate during a Monday interview with the New York Daily News, the billionaire NBA owner and reality television star seemed to be hesitant in giving a definitive answer.
“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Cuban said. “We’ll see what happens. It all comes down to how things play out. It’s not something I feel like I have to do.”
Cuban cited concerns “with what’s going on with” special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and that there are “a lot of things that have to be figured out” before seeing “how 2020 is going to play out.”
“But it’s something that if circumstances were right I would do,” he added.
This sentiment echoes what the owner of the 2011 NBA champions said in 2017 when asked if he was mulling a run for the presidency.
“I wouldn’t put it high on my list of probabilities, but we’ll see what happens,” he said at the time.
He also stated in a 2017 interview with Cheddar that a run at the presidency was “something that [he] considered” but not “something [he] dreamed of doing.”
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Cuban stated in a 2017 interview on Fox News’ “Objectified” that he would “probably” run as a Republican.
Cuban and Trump have had a long history together, with both billionaires taking jabs at each other for a cornucopia of reasons, ranging from the presidency to their reality TV shows.
The feud continued into the 2016 presidential election, where Cuban endorsed the president’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, and famously — or infamously — referred to Trump as a “jagoff” on Twitter.