Despite the slow realization Donald Trump is destined to become the GOP nominee, some disaffected Republicans have not abandoned hope to entice a possible third-party candidate and kneecap the New York businessman prior to November.
The Washington Post is reporting an unnamed group of Republicans courted Texas businessman Mark Cuban in an attempt to persuade him to challenge Trump with a third-party bid.
Cuban declined to name the persons involved in the overture.
According to an e-mail, Cuban was approached and was told “his bluster and volume, combined with substance and the ability to connect with voters on a more personal basis.” would make him a formidable candidate against Trump.
“He could come after me all he wanted, and he knows I would put him in his place. All that said, again, I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time,” Cuban said of Trump.
In declining the invitation to oppose Trump, Cuban follows retired Marine General James Mattis, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn and retired General Stanley McChrystal, all of whom have stated they have no interest in running for the White House in 2016.
A successful businessman, Cuban amassed a fortune in software and was a pioneer in high-definition satellite television as co-founder of AXS Television. He has since invested heavily in theater chains and is currently the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.