Mark Cuban open to being Trump's (or Clinton's) VP

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Mark Cuban on Trump, Clinton, and His Own Potential Political Ambitions

He's a maverick both courtside and in the political arena.

NBA owner and billionaire investor Mark Cuban said he's open to a conversation about running for Vice President in 2016 with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

But Cuban, who describes himself as "fiercely independent", does have a few caveats.

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Cuban said, "If [Trump] asked me, I'd be like, 'Okay, Donald. That's great. Let's talk about it. But we're both going to have to dig in and really look and understand the issues so we can come up with solutions.'"

In a portion of the interview released Friday, Cuban also expressed interest in running with Hillary Clinton. He said he would "absolutely" entertain that conversation, but "she would have to go more to the center."

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands behind the Dallas bench in the opening minutes against the New York Knicks during their NBA game February 24, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Mavericks won, 110-108. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 17: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 17, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 110-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, speaks with members of the media as he exits federal court in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Cuban said he doesn't recall details of a conversation in which he was allegedly warned that information he received about a company was confidential. Photographer: Mike Fuentes/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, exits federal court in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Cuban goes to trial over regulators' claims he engaged in insider trading when he sold his stake in a Canadian Internet search company nine years ago. Photographer: Ben Torres/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: TV personality Mark Cuban attends the 2013 American Music Awards Powered by Dodge at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/AMA2013/Getty Images for Dodge)
The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) is hugged Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after the Mavs' 90-82 win at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 16: Owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 16, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES CA - OCTOBER 29: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, follows the action from behind the bench during the third quarter of the basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center October 29, 2015, in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Mark Cuban, Investor, Entrepreneur and Owner, Dallas Mavericks, offers his critique to finalists at the Global Startup Showcase, as one of four judges at 2015 WSJD Live on October 20, 2015 in Laguna Beach, California. WSJ D Live brings together top CEOs, founders, pioneers, investors and luminaries to explore the most exciting tech opportunities emerging around the world. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, and his wife Tiffany Cuban arrive at a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The U.S. and China announced agreement on broad anti-hacking principles aimed at stopping the theft of corporate trade secrets though President Barack Obama pointedly said he has not ruled out invoking sanctions for violators. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, and his wife Tiffany Cuban arrive at a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The U.S. and China announced agreement on broad anti-hacking principles aimed at stopping the theft of corporate trade secrets though President Barack Obama pointedly said he has not ruled out invoking sanctions for violators. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Clinton, in a separate interview on "Meet the Press," did not fully dismiss the idea. "I appreciate his openness to it," she said.

In vetting vice presidential candidates, Clinton explained, "I think we should look widely and broadly. It's not just people in elective office. It is successful business-people."

Apparently hitting Donald Trump, she continued, "Successful business-people who are really successful, as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer."

Earlier in the week, Cuban's name was floated as a potential third party candidate being recruited to take on Donald Trump. Cuban declined, telling MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, "there's not enough time, and it just wouldn't work."

Looking ahead to a potential 2020 or 2024 run for president, Cuban candidly replied, "It's too early to tell...There are so many variables that I don't have the answers to."

The tech entrepreneur did admit Donald Trump has "opened the door to non-traditional candidates, which is a great thing." Cuban says he's more open to running for public office now because "You don't have to be the perfect Stepford candidate like you would've been in the past."

Cuban said he believes Trump "has a real chance to win, and that's scary to a lot of people."

What alarms him specifically is that Trump is "listening to everybody, which is fine on the surface," but, he continued, "It's coming across as if he's proposing things based off the last person he talks to."

On concerns about Trump's temperament, he conceded that "It's possible for anybody to change, but I just don't see evidence that he wants to change."

Cuban concluded, "I think he's trying to do what he thinks is the right thing, right now. But there's just so much coming at him at once, he's looking for shortcuts. And this is just not a job where there are shortcuts."

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