Will it be billionaire vs. billionaire in 2020?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been traveling the country, venturing into the heartland, and posting updates (on Facebook, of course) in a move that many are speculating is a possible presidential run. Zuckerberg denies that he has any political aspirations, but he does seem to be taking steps that make him more politically palatable. For instance, the overwhelming majority of Americans wouldn’t vote for an atheist candidate, and Zuckerberg, a lifelong atheist, just recently decided that he believes religion is “important,” and was spotted in the pews at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., which was attacked by a white supremacist in 2015.
Regardless, it’s apparent that the American public doesn’t have much trouble electing billionaires – and another billionaire celebrity is considering a run for the White House. According to Fox News, Mark Cuban, businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is “actively considering” running for president.
He discussed his possible presidential run with former South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers. Cuban says that he has “no problem with healthcare being a right” and doesn’t like net neutrality. He’s also open to raising taxes on the rich.
Though he’s considering a campaign, Cuban says there’s a 90% chance he won’t run because his family is against the idea. “I would say the odds are extremely against it because my wife would divorce me,” Cuban said in an email exchange.
If Cuban does run (with his wife’s permission, of course), he’ll be the second Shark Tank star to run for political office. Earlier this year, Kevin O’Leary, better known as “Mr. Wonderful” on the show, campaigned to be the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and was a front-runner for most of that time, but later dropped out a month before the election, citing a lack of support in Quebec.
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