Although there is a sea of over 20 Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, one in particular stands a chance at beating President Donald Trump, according to billionaire Mark Cuban. That individual is former Vice President Joe Biden.
Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, made the remarks to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer on an episode of “Influencers with Andy Serwer,” a weekly interview series with leaders in business, politics, and entertainment.
“There’s now and then there’s November of 2020,” Cuban said. “If the election were held today, I think Trump would win. I don’t think that there’s somebody that has the momentum or just the value of the incumbency that Trump has.”
But, he added, “at the same time, between now and then, I think Joe Biden has got a good chance. And we’ll see what happens with any of the other of the field of 97 to see if anybody emerges or if anybody new comes in. I think Biden is capable of beating him, but we’re not there yet.”
And, in May 2019, a Quinnipiac University poll found Biden beating Trump in a head-to-head matchup by 11 points in Pennsylvania, a swing state that Hillary Clinton narrowly lost in the 2016 election. Just a few days later, another poll showed the two men locked in a tie among Florida voters if the election were to happen today.
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‘Just the nature of the beast’
Although Cuban highlighted a potential spoiler for Trump’s re-election, he noted that he does get along with Trump, despite endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
“We didn’t have to make peace,” he said. “Like any other president, I agree with some things and disagree with other things. It’s not personal. There are things I would do differently, but it was the same with Obama, it was the same with Bush, it was the same with Clinton. That’s just the nature of the beast.”
Additionally, Cuban downplayed rumors that he is considering a presidential run.
“I don’t even want to get into it,” he said. “I did one quick interview, and then all of a sudden it blew up. I don’t want to feed the beast. … There is a certain set of circumstances that would push me to do it, but we’re not there yet.”
Adriana is an associate editor for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @adrianambells.