NBA’s Cuban says he’s open to No. 2 spot – with Trump or Clinton


WASHINGTON: Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur and NBA team owner, expressed interest on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in the No. 2 spot on a presidential ticket—and said he could play at either end of the court. Cuban, who is also known as one of the savvy investors on the television show “Shark Tank,” said on NBC that if asked to join a fellow reality-TV star, Donald Trump, on the Republican ticket, he would consider it. “I’d be, like: ‘Okay, Donald. That’s great. Let’s talk about it. But we’re both going to have to dig in and really look and understand the issues so we can come up with solutions.’” But Cuban, who is 57, also told a “Meet the Press” interviewer that if approached by Hillary Clinton about a spot on the Democratic ticket, he would “absolutely” entertain the idea, though “she would have to go more to the center.” As a young man, Cuban worked as a bartender and disco dance instructor before building his fortune in software businesses in Texas. He purchased the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association from another Texas billionaire, H. Ross Perot, and has guided the team from mediocrity to success. Cuban has left a somewhat more eclectic trail in the political scene. He declares himself to be “fiercely independent,” though he is said to lean toward libertarianism. Like Trump—and many other big businessmen—he has donated to politicians of both parties.



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