Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hired pollster to gauge presidential run last month


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is still infatuated with the idea of running for president.

During an appearance on “The Axe Files” podcast Thursday with CNN commentator and former Obama administration official David Axelrod, Cuban said as recently as last month he commissioned a pollster to gauge his prospects as an independent candidate but decided not to pursue it further after seeing how he’d match up in a race with President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“What they found out is I’d take some votes away from Donald Trump, particularly with independents,” Cuban said. “In a three-way between me, Biden and Trump, I dominated the independent vote — I got like 77 percent percent of it and was able to take some votes away from Donald and some votes away from Biden. But in aggregate, I was only able to get up to 25 percent. From every which way, crosstab, you name it, I had it analyzed and scrutinized every which way, projected, and they could only see me getting up to 25 percent. That’s why I didn’t pursue it further.”

Cuban flirted with a run for president in 2016 but decided against it and endorsed Hillary Clinton, saying at the time that his initial hopes for Trump as a pro-business candidate who was moderate on other issues had been lost in his inflammatory rhetoric.

After Trump was elected, Cuban continued to float the possibility of running in 2020. Though he seemingly closed the door on it last September, saying his family didn’t want him to run, he told Axelrod he has continued to be open to the idea because he was not sure that Biden was a strong enough candidate to win.

Cuban said fears about helping Trump get re-elected if he ran as an independent didn’t factor into his thinking.

“Not so much that. I just didn’t think I could win,” Cuban said. “The competitive side of me thought, when people heard me speak, when people heard my positions, when people heard the fact that I understood what I was talking about and understood technology and none of the candidates understood technology that maybe I could do it. It wasn’t so much about tipping the election one way or the other but what the pollster said is you think that and may be able to get up higher but it’s still going to come down to one of those other two candidates.”

Cuban, who has also attained a significant measure of celebrity outside of sports thanks to his appearance on the popular ABC show “Shark Tank,” was highly critical of Trump’s performance as president but said he was not ready yet to endorse either candidate in November’s election.

“I think he got off to an OK start. I didn’t like the specifics of the tax plan but thought corporate taxes needed to be lowered some,” Cuban said. “I wouldn’t have lowered them that much. I did not think personal taxes need to be lowered as much as they were. They should have gone up for folks like me. I understand how Republicans and conservatives like the fact that he’s trying to tilt the judiciary but after that, I mean, he’s a victim. He’s not a leader at all. He has no communication skills. To this day, nothing is his fault. He’s never admitted anything and you can’t be the leader of the free world and play the victim card all the time. It doesn’t work, it’s counterproductive and it has led to us being diminished globally.”

14 Comments on this post.
  • Gary
    14 June 2020 at 3:51 pm
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    This is Mr. Off Shore Everything on Shark Tank

  • MAllen
    14 June 2020 at 4:15 pm
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    Cuban has no political value to run as president. Let him stay with his baseball team and the “Shark”.

  • PATTI R Burt
    14 June 2020 at 4:28 pm
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  • Peter Pan
    14 June 2020 at 5:13 pm
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    When will the right wing nut jobs, the right wing sheep, the low intelligent, low educated, realize Trump is evil. He works for Satan, or is Satan!

  • Jerry Gooze
    14 June 2020 at 5:25 pm
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    Cuban is a self-involved egotist existing in his own bubble world.

    He has no chance to be President. He is not likable!

  • Pat O’Malley
    14 June 2020 at 6:03 pm
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    Mark, your spot is the all encumbering, life changing show where you berate and insult those who would humiliate themselves to come to you and those other 4 self-centered egomaniacs. For some, you are entertainment while they drink their six-pack before falling asleep. So, don’t change a thing and do everyone a favor.

  • Jcatherine
    14 June 2020 at 7:14 pm
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    Trump plays the victim card? If those are Cuban’s sentiments…well, good luck with all that! Anyone that supported and voted for DJT knows better, and if Cuban holds on to that idea, we’ll…he’s wasting his money. Always thought he was a Donald wanna-be, now I know for certain he is.

  • Tim
    14 June 2020 at 7:44 pm
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    Cuban, stay out of politics, we have a great president that’s trying to clean up all this shit the democrats have created. Democratic Party is the crookedest, criminal party we have ever seen. They all should be in prison!!!!!

  • Ca
    14 June 2020 at 9:58 pm
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    Marky Mark is about as competent as ole Joe. He thinks his shit don’t stink. Keep your ass on Shark Tank. Don’t even like you on there

  • Mick
    14 June 2020 at 10:55 pm
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    Mark is in the dark, might consider voting for him for a dog catcher’s position America needs leaders like Trump not blow hards like Mark

  • arjay
    15 June 2020 at 2:33 am
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    Please Mark! Spare us. You’re so infatuated with your millions that you don’t know what to do with your time.

  • ian fleck
    15 June 2020 at 9:21 am
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    what a stupid prick get the fuck out of America you bloody wanker

  • JC
    16 June 2020 at 2:46 am
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    Cuban should stick to his basketball team and Shark Tank. His political aspirations suck!

  • Kathrine Peckham Marshall
    16 June 2020 at 8:44 am
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    Marc lacks the common touch that Pres. Trump has! The President’s unique un-fancy way of speaking directly to we the people endears Him to us!! Simply put— President Trump IS NOT A SNOB!! And He has a terrific “Sense of Humor”!! That is something OF THE ELITIST LEFTIST PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST MARXIST COMMUNIST DEMONCRATES DO NOT EVEN REMOTELY POSSESS!! All they have is hate, anger, revenge, manipulation , greed, deceit & CONTROLLING EGOS coming OUT from their mouths!! ITS ALL THEY KNOW!!!! President Trump doesn’t want to be “Our President” because He thinks He’s better than us !! IT’S BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF US!! Marc is “NO” blue collar billionaire——just like Bloomberg——they are way tooooo far removed from us!!! President Trump is a practical Idealist!! A believer in the GREATNESS OF OUR CONSTITUTION & NATION and He knows HOW TO BUILD A ROAD!! He, yes wants to always WIN—but that’s because —-He wants “Us” Winning for US and then OUR USA WINS!!! TRUMP HAS A GUT LEVEL LOVE FOR THE USA!!! And we feel it!! It IS GENUINE —— He is genuine!!! Marc, is I’m afraid, just too much of a preppy kid who has a lot of money!!! AND WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE “GLOBALIST SLICK KIDS” RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OR BEING PRESIDENT FOR THAT MATTER!! BIG TOOTHY GRINS & LARGE VOCABULARIES WITH BIG CONNECTIONS DON’T CUT IT ANY MORE!!! “HELOOOO—-BOYS!!!!”— WE’RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!! We just aren’t going to allow “YOU GUYS” to CON US ANYMORE!! FEELS GOOD DOESN’T IT, FOLKS!!! BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!!! (YES THIS IS A PRAYER—- Perhaps unconventional but none the less HEART FELT!!). In JESUS CHRIST MOST POWERFUL NAME !!! Amen!! Agape, Kathrine Peckham Marshall

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