Will Mark Cuban be the next businessman to announce his plans to run for president? According to an email exchange with CNBC, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks said he could beat both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a presidential run.
In the email Cuban, who stars as an investor on the reality series Shark Tank, outlined how be would plan his campaign and what it would mean for the United States to have a “three-comma POTUS—as in $1,000,000,000.”
When asked if he would ever run for president, Cuban said the idea gets tossed around a lot, and he admits it is fun to think about.
“I get asked every day. It’s a fun idea to toss around. 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.”
Donald Trump’s largely successful presidential campaign has inspired other billionaires to open their eyes to the possibility of being more. Cuban, the Internet mogul who made his first fortune on the sale of Broadcast.com in 1999, said being a billionaire gives people a bit more “arrogance,” which would make sense when they decide to run for a position of power, such as the President of the United States.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 14, 2015
“Rich people just have a little more arrogance to think we know more than everyone else,” Cuban wrote.
Cuban also spoke about the new era of media, social media to be exact, and how it will affect the way people get their information about future presidential candidates and news in general.
“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. “Most future voters will get their news from their Facebook, Snapchat, Cyber Dust, Instagram, Twitter feeds. They open their apps and see what’s there. They don’t go looking for depth and explanations.”
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) September 14, 2015
“If you as a candidate can’t find your way into those feeds, you basically don’t exist,” he added.
While Cuban hasn’t officially announced a bid for president, he did outline what he would do if he was to plan a campaign, saying he would focus on how to repair the U.S. economy.
“The first thing I would do is define which social issues were not presidential and instead were personal,” he wrote. “They have nothing to do with running the country. They are personal and family decisions.”
He added that he would focus on the top five economic issues that the country currently needs to resolve. Those include income inequality, college debt, overly complex taxes, and cyber security.
— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) September 14, 2015
“How we deploy bytes and the superiority of our national hackers is far more important than bombs or bullets,” he wrote. “You want to stop a bomb? Hack it.”
“Investors are ceding control of the markets to stock market hackers,” he added. “That’s a huge problem.”
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