In today’s edition of answers to questions that probably won’t be seriously considered: Yes, Dallas Mavericks owner and reality TV persona Mark Cuban would “absolutely” consider joining Hillary Clinton as a prospective vice president.
After Cuban joked to CNN that Clinton needs a running mate who is “someone like me who could just throw bombs at Donald [Trump],” Cuban fielded a follow-up question from NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“If she really did come to you, would you listen?” Todd asked in a taping for an episode of “Meet the Press” that will air on Sunday.
“Absolutely,” Cuban, a “shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” program said. “But the key would be she would have to go more to center.
“I like the fact that Senator Clinton has thought out proposals. That’s a good thing because at least we get to see exactly where she stands. But I think Senator Sanders has dragged her a little too far to the left. Things like college tuition and other business elements that really I think could hurt the economy. If she’s willing to listen, if she’s willing to hear other sides of things, then I’m wide open to discussing it.”
If the idea of Cuban as a politician seems laughable to you, consider this. He loves to hear himself talk, thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room and has oodles of money. And then there’s this. The Post reported last week that a Republican Party that’s grown sick of Trump would look to make America great again by drafting an independent candidate to beat Trump.
“The recruiters also delved into the world of reality television for someone who might out-Trump Trump: Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team,” Philip Rucker and Robert Costa wrote.
“I don’t see it happening,” Cuban wrote in an email.
If he were to join a candidate criticized for flip-flopping, Cuban would fit right in. In July 2015 he told Business Insider via his Cyber Dust app that he would consider running with Trump as his vice president.
“Would I consider it?” Cuban wrote. “Yes.
“Would I do it. Probably not … I’m not cut out for politics. At least [the] way they are now. Maybe in the future if Trump truly impacts how the game is played.”
In August 2015, Cuban also wrote on Cyber Dust that he “would prefer to be a Republican” but disagreed with the GOP on most social issues.
“The Republican Party requires that all their presidential candidates conform to consensus,” he said. “If you don’t agree with every platform of the party, not only are you called a RINO, a ‘Republican in Name Only.’ You are considered unelectable in primaries and become a source of scorn on Fox News. That’s a problem.”