Mark Cuban: I Could Beat Trump and Clinton
Billionaire Mark Cuban is known as a loud mouth, something he shares in common with Donald Trump besides his money.
In a recent email exchange with CNBC, Cuban made it clear that he could beat Hillary Clinton and Trump if he were to run for president, something he is considering in a later election cycle.
“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,” he wrote in the email.
Cuban credited Trump for understand the modern political game.
“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,” Cuban said (Cyber Dust is his own messaging app). “They open their apps and see what’s there. They don’t go looking for depth and explanations.”
“If you as a candidate can’t find your way into those feeds, you basically don’t exist,” Cuban wrote.
But Cuban said he’s mindful of the enormous stakes involved in running for president. “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,” he wrote. “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.”
With that in mind, Cuban—who played a fictional president of the United States in “Sharknado 3″—has begun thinking through a campaign platform that skews toward the libertarian end of the political spectrum and focuses heavily on reforming 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.”
Instead, Cuban said he’d focus on five top economic problems the country needs to solve.
Those include, he said, income inequality, college debt, overly complex taxes and cybersecurity. “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.”
The fifth issue on Cuban’s mind is fixing what he sees as broken equities markets. “Investors are ceding control of the markets to stock market hackers,” he wrote. “That’s a huge problem.”
Still, he said, a business background and a billion dollars in the bank would not necessarily make doing the job of president any easier.
“If we have a 3 comma POTUS,” he wrote, “It would not take long before the office humbled him or her.”
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