Mark Cuban independent presidental option?

Should Mark Cuban run independent for President?

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Should Mark Cuban run independent for President?

This is the topic of an article we're writing on the subject -- to be released soon. That's why we're asking for your honest, unbridled but civil opinion.

Most independents we know are tired of the partisan bloodletting that has served to stifle fundamentals of small "d" democracy -- listening, deliberation and letting all sides be heard.

Please note: LIV does not endorse candidates, nor do we tell them to run or not to run.

That said, we're interested in knowing what you think because we're on the same road with Cuban. We want to see the economy come back, built from the bottom up. He's got plenty of street cred in that regard. And, Cuban is a true independent -- unaffiliated with any party and believes the parties are "so 1800s". So do we at LIV.

We highly recommend you FIRST watch the Yahoo Finance interview video below. Cuban admits he opened the door again to run late in the interview.

WATCH THE YAHOO FINANCE INTERVIEW FIRST HERE.

Then, add your comments below.

Still not sure? Here are more interviews with Cuban worth your time.

The Parties are So 1800s, July 4, 2019 where Cuban shut the door.

Chris Wallace, FOX interview, April 12, 2020, focused on COVID crisis, where Cuban does confirm the door is open.

Firing Line, April 27, 2020, "Billionaire Mark Cuban discusses advising President Trump as a member of his new group on reopening the U.S. economy. Cuban defends the president as the cheerleader-in-chief but dismisses the idea of setting a date now to reopen. The “Shark Tank” investor discusses relief for small businesses, tackling unemployment, and how he would address income inequality." LIV notes Cuban also commends the Bernie movement and says this about unions, "Look, I’ve never been a unions guy, but this is the time, right? This is the time for people to come together and organize themselves, to speak up with a singular voice."

Ballot Access News, April 12, BAN Editor, Rich Winger, is our nation's premiere ballot access expert for independent candidate and minor parties. This explains why Cuban (or any independent) can still get on the ballot as late as July.

Cuban's wikipedia page tells you lots more about him. We have been getting some private messages telling us he is respected and even "loved" in the Dallas community.

This May 8th article in reports, Mark Cuban's Wife Won't Let Him Run for President, Says Co-Star | Newsmax.com.

This stellar May 13th interview on Amanpour & Co. raises deeper questions about Cuban's concern that both parties have failed the American people -- with no discussion about a presidential run.

This May 15th piece in Newsweek makes plain a Cuban run is "highly, highly, highly unlikely," but keeps the door open for something "crazy" happening. Like what, you gotta ask.

This is a moderated page. Be civil and share your ideas and concerns in a collegial way...and, please don't give us just a "yes" or "no" -- tell us why you feel the way you do. Your opinion is wanted and we promise to listen and take it seriously!

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8 comments

  1. As a moderate, I find that Mark Cuban has become a very interesting possible candidate for President. But there is one BIG problem for any independent, with our current political structure…. the spoiler factor. The “ I’m afraid I will waste my vote” problem. I think we might need big changes in our political system, maybe more parties, but one thing that would be easy to enact, that would GREATLY help, is RANK CHOICE VOTING! I understand that a few states do use this method. It should be nation wide! Why is there not more discussion/promotion of this ??!!

    1. Yes, rank choice voting is one of some urgently needed structural changes already being enacted around the country resulting from pressure from the grassroots, especially through ballot petitions. RepresentUs has been leading the charge of late nationally on RCV — rank choice voting.

      However, there is an impediment here in Texas. The good news is there is a great group formed now in Texas to address this issue. Please sign up to join their network here:

      Thank you for your comment. You are doing non-partisan civic and civil discussion, which we greatly appreciate! It helps inform the piece we’re writing about Cuban’s potential run, which is HIS decision, of course.

    1. Our modest understanding of this is the issue is the constitution didn’t set up “multi-member districts,” therefore, no matter how many votes an independent (non-major party candidate gets), if they don’t win 50% plus 1, it is still winner take all. Meaning, they get no representatives in the legislative body (Congress, State Legislature, County or City councils).

      Rank choice voting assists voters to circumvent the fundamental problem, as stated above. There are very few places in the country that use RCV. Texas, for now, seems to prohibit it. We hope to be working on this in the next session, even through the crisis unfolding.

      We are including what you are raising in the piece we’re writing — so we will get you definitive information. Watch for it.

      Hoping the Witta Wanch is hanging in there!

  2. It is my opinion that Mark Cuban should replace President Trump in 2024 on the Rep. ticket. I would love to see him as President. He has the age, smarts, common sense, to lead the country into the next era (2024-2032). He is not an insider and as such he will be much better than either party could put up in 2024.
    As an independent, in 2020, he will take votes away from Justin Amash, and the Libertarian party could loose voter access (which might be a good thing). In my humble opinion.
    The two parties are very unstable, so now I think maybe 2020 would be a good time to run as an Independent and test the waters.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Robert. Under any competitive arrangement, there will be winners and losers. Our system could use a variety of overhauls to lessen “winner take all” and the “spoiler” effect of multi-candidate and multi-party elections.

      Our paper will discuss this and we highly recommend political scientist, Lee Drutman’s, new book, “Breaking the Two Party Doom Loop.”

      Cuban, Drutman and LIV are on the same page with opening up the system as the best means for countering hyper-partisanship which has the country in stalemate.

  3. I don’t need to watch the interview. Independent candidates in our country will lose. Voting for an independent candidate is throwing your vote away. It’s as irresponsible as not voting at all. Haven’t we learned anything from what happened last time? There are other ways to influence the political process. Independent candidates don’t do it.

    1. The “spoiler effect” by independent and minor party candidates is undeniable.

      Do you support reforms that would eliminate that — such as rank choice voting?

      Also, if you any thoughts about Cuban and the work he is doing (the interview was 98% about that) to help revive the economy, please share your thoughts on that too.

      Thanks for your sharing your views!

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