Anti-Donald Trump Republicans asked Mark Cuban to run for president

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he’d beat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a presidential election.

So, with many Republicans dreading a Trump-Clinton race, Cuban was considered as a third-party candidate.

Philip Rucker and Robert Costa of The Washington Post:

The recruiters also delved into the world of reality television for someone who might out-Trump Trump: Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.

Again and again, though, these anti-Trump Republicans have heard the same tepid response: Thanks, but no thanks.

“I don’t see it happening,” Cuban wrote in an email.

Cuban, who hosts “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality series in which entrepreneurs pitch investors about their business ideas, said his pursuers — he declined to name them — have told him his “bluster and volume, combined with substance and the ability to connect with voters on a more personal basis,” could make him a winning candidate.

“He could come after me all he wanted, and he knows I would put him in his place,” Cuban said of Trump. “All that said, again, I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time.”

Why would Cuban run? He called Trump “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time.”