'I appreciate his openness to it': Hillary Clinton expresses interest in Mark Cuban as her running mate

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Hillary Clinton responded Sunday to Mark Cuban's suggestion that he'd be open to serving as her running mate, and she seemed more than open to the idea.

"I think we should look widely and broadly," She told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's not just people in elective office. It is successful businesspeople. I am very interested in that. And I appreciate his openness to it."

The Democratic frontrunner said she's "absolutely" intending to look "far and wide" to find a potential vice president — and took a shot a presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump while doing so.

"I think that is the best way to find somebody who can really capture what's needed in the country, and businesspeople have, especially successful businesspeople who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer."

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'I appreciate his openness to it': Hillary Clinton expresses interest in Mark Cuban as her running mate

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  

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Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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On the same Sunday program, Cuban indicated his willingness to serve as Clinton's vice president if asked.

Todd mentioned that Cuban has previously joked about being willing to serve on Clinton's ticket as long as he could "throw bombs" at Trump. So Todd asked if he'd consider should the Democratic frontrunner make the proposition.

"Absolutely," he said. "But the key would be that she'd have to go more to center."

"I like the fact that [Secretary] Clinton has thought-out proposals," he continued. "That's a good thing because at least we get to see exactly where she stands."

Cuban said that he thinks Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator battling Clinton for the Democratic nomination, has "dragged her a little bit too far to the left" on economic issues.

"If she's willing to listen, if she's willing to, you know, hear other sides of things, then I'm wide open to discussing it," he said.

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that Republican operatives who remain opposed to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump gauged Cuban's interest in running as a third-party or independent candidate. He later said that it was an "impossible" proposition.

"Look, it was just an email through one of my associates and it was ... a quick response of no," Cuban told CNN's Erin Burnett earlier this week. "It's impossible for it to work."

"There's not enough time to get on the ballot," he continued. "The hurdles are just too great. It was a ridiculous effort, so I passed."

Cuban, the brash billionaire business mogul and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, also told Burnett that he was not completely sure whom he'd be voting for in the fall.

But he said that he would lean toward Clinton "because the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know."

"I know what Hillary's positions are," he said. "I can go to Hillary's website and there's spreadsheets, there's depth, there's analysis, there's details. Is going to Donald's website — which I have — he lists issues. He lists top-line things that he'd like to do, but he doesn't say how he's going to get there."

Last year, Cuban told Business Insider on his Cyber Dust social-media app that he was open to being Trump's running mate.

"Would I consider?" Cuban responded. "Yes."

But the "Shark Tank" star and outspoken investor said that he would probably not end up accepting the hypothetical offer.

"Would I do it. Probably not," he continued. "I'm not cut out for politics. At least [the] way they are now. Maybe in the future if Trump truly impacts how the game is played."

He has recently soured on a potential Trump presidency.

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