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Mark Cuban knows his chances of being chosen as the running mate of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are “slim,” he told ESPN Radio’s “Capital Games” podcast this week.
But “slim hasn’t left town yet,” the Dallas Mavericks owner added.
Cuban said he was “wide open” to the possibility of serving as a running mate for Trump or Clinton and would look forward to discussing the position with them should either ask for a meeting.
“What makes me a different candidate for vice president is that I’m a geek working in the tech industry,” the brash billionaire business mogul said.
He added: “It’s important for presidential candidates to be tech savvy – none are right now.”
Cuban, who also stars on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” called himself “fiercely independent” and added that he had been in touch with the Clinton campaign after announcing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would be interested in the role. Clinton seemed open to the possibility in an interview on the same Sunday program, telling host Chuck Todd that she appreciated Cuban’s “openness to it.”
Though he has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks and has not been in contact with the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign, Cuban said it was “not really a matter of whether or not I agree with” either Trump or Clinton.
“It’s a matter about whether or not I can add value and whether or not I can impact any perspective and hopefully have a positive impact on the country,” he said. “I’m not here to tell you that I’m the only person capable of doing this. I’m not. I’m not here to tell you I’m the smartest person capable of doing this. I’m not. But what I am – what I will say that I am is that I’m willing. And sometimes that’s the big difference.”
Cuban’s foray into presidential politics reached new heights after his “Meet the Press” interview, which came a week after a Washington Post story reported that anti-Trump Republican operatives tried to recruit him for a third-party or independent presidential bid. Cuban later said there was no chance of a presidential run in 2016.
Earlier this week, when asked by Business Insider about what his end game was in this political escapade, he said via his Cyber Dust social-media app that he was just trying “to be a good citizen.”