During an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, billionaire Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, said he would not rule out running for president as an Independent in the 2020 election.
Discussion of a potential campaign starts at the 8:50 mark:
CHRIS WALLACE: Finally, you talked back in 2019 about running for president before you finally decided not to do so. And the other day, you said you were reconsidering. Now I don’t have to tell you. I suspect you know this already; that the deadline for filing as an independent candidate has already passed in some states and is about to in other states. So I know Mark Cuban likes publicity as much as the next person, maybe more than the next person. You’re not really serious about this, are you?
MARK CUBAN: Hey unique circumstances, you just never know, Chris. I never would have considered it prior to a month ago, but now things are changing rapidly and dramatically. So there’s different ways to get through those issues you mentioned. So I’m not saying no, but it’s not something that I’m actively pursuing. I’m just keeping the door open.
WALLACE: But are you saying that this is something that is serious?
CUBAN: As it is today, I’d say probably not, that it’s not going to happen, but again, so much can change. You just never know. This is not something we’ve seen before. This is obviously a unique set of circumstances and so I’m just not going to say no. You just don’t know what can happen between now and November.
As Richard Winger clarifies at Ballot Access News, Wallace is not entirely correct about the deadline for Independents to appear on the ballot:
Wallace is mistaken. Every state has some means for someone running for president outside the major parties to get on the ballot, in the period May through September. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court said in Anderson v Celebrezze in 1983 that it violates the First Amendment for any state to have an early deadline for a candidate to file for the general election as a presidential candidate. John B. Anderson in 1980 didn’t declare as an independent until April 24, but he got on the ballot in every jurisdiction.
Cuban, 61, has discussed running for public office previously.