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Mark Cuban: ‘There’s nothing I’d have more fun doing’ than taking on Trump in 2020 primaries

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Mark Cuban is thinking of taking President Trump “head on” in 2020.

The billionaire investor who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election is “considering” running for president in the 2020 race, and it wouldn’t be as a Republican.

“You would run as a Democrat?” he was asked by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times DealBook Conference Thursday.

“Republican before Democrat, most likely independent, because I think a lot — I think there’s an incremental value to — towards — for setting up an independent candidacy,” Cuban said.

“Now, I understand the difficulties of that and the challenges of that from an infrastructure perspective, but the positives of doing it as a Republican means you get to go head on with Trump right in the primaries,” the Dallas Mavericks owner continued. “And so there’s nothing I’d have more fun doing. The benefit of being an independent is you go right to the golden ticket time, right. And if I get enough support in the polls, then I get to participate with the debates, which is right up there with something.”

Cuban has been a vocal critic of Trump’s, warning that his election would cause the stock market to crash and even claiming that Trump was “trying to f**k the country” on purpose.

The billionaire and father of three said his decision to run in 2020 would also depend on his family’s approval.

“I’m considering, obviously considering. But again, what caring, loving parent would put their three young children through the disaster?” Cuban told Sorkin.

“I mean my now 14-year-old girl — it’s hard enough raising a 14-year-old girl. It’s really hard raising a 14-year-old girl,” he added.  “And, you know, the thought of what she’d have to face over the next couple of years on social media, from her friends and particularly in — in a red state, that — that’s not, you know, a comforting thought.”

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