Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner, is urging Michael Bloomberg to jump into the 2016 presidential race as an independent — but worries the former New York City mayor may not be "loud enough" to make his voice heard.
"I'd like to see him run. I think he'd bring a different perspective," Cuban said in an interview with Rita Cosby on WABC Radio's "The Rita Cosby Show."
"We know his policies from his time as mayor of New York. We know where he stands on guns, we know where he stands on other issues. He's very, very progressive in a lot of respects, on social issues. He's somewhat conservative on fiscal issues. We know he understands business.
"The question's going to be is he too meek? When I say meek, I mean just force of voice. Can he shout loud enough?"
Cuban said the loudness factor among candidates has profoundly affected the 2016 presidential election.
"In this election, the way things are running right now, being loud, unfortunately means something. And it takes a force of voice to stand out."
Cuban also told Cosby that future debates should be held without audiences, because their often-explosive reactions to candidates' answers sound more like "a laugh track" and distract Americans from the issues.
Last week, Bloomberg revealed he is seriously weighing a run for the White House.
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