Mark Cuban said this week that, if he were to run for president in 2016, he knows that he could beat both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“It's a fun idea to toss around,” Cuban wrote Monday in an email exchange with CNBC
. “If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”
Although Cuban, the 57-year-old billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, insisted that he was “not at all” serious regarding an actual 2016 bid for president, he still addressed the political playing field.
“I love the fact that [Trump] has changed the game,” Cuban said when touching on Trump’s unprecedented rise in the polls. “The idea of imperfect candidates with forceful ideas opens the door for a lot of people that would not have previously run.”
CNBC noted that, regardless of how Trump ultimately fares in his 2016 candidacy for president, he has still succeeded in “nudging other billionaires off the sidelines and into politics,” as his sudden rise in the polls seems to indicate a growing discontentment amongst the American people with traditional politics and politicians.
Nevertheless, Cuban still cautioned billionaire candidates to carefully consider what the role of commander in chief truly requires.
“There is no question the game has changed and Donald has a much stronger command of it than the rest of the candidates,” Cuban wrote to CNBC. “No matter how smart or arrogant you think you are, I can't imagine anything more difficult or more humbling than making life or death decisions. Whether it's someone like me, or a Trump, the first time someone dies because of a decision the president made, I think all that bluster goes out the window.”
If those candidates keep those thoughts in mind, Cuban believes that successful executives and entrepreneurs can “absolutely” hold their own in a presidential race, according to Politico
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