On Your Mark: Cuban Gets Front Row Seat at First Clinton-Trump Debate
Billionaire Mark Cuban is used to front row seats at basketball games, but he's attending a whole new battle at Monday’s debates at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.
The Dallas Mavericks owner and the Shark Tank star tweeted: "Just got a front row seat to watch Hillary Clinton overwhelm Donald Trump.”
Clinton's camp confirmed they gave Cuban the front row ticket. "He has the best seat we have access to," an aide said.
Trump and Cuban do not exactly have a warm relationship.
In July, Cuban endorsed Clinton and told CNN: “Trump scares me. Donald, initially, I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there. But then he went off the reservation and went bats*** crazy."
Earlier in September, Cuban offered Trump $10 million to the charity of the real estate tycoon’s choice if he would sit down with him for an interview. Trump never responded to the offer.
In 2012, the moguls had a Twitter feud about contributions to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Cuban said he would give a million dollars to charity if Trump shaved his head. Trump never responded and instead quipped back at the Mavericks owner.
Cuban challenged Trump to donate a million dollars to Sandy relief funds. Instead of obliging, Trump said: “On 1mill. Dollars @mcuban? Offer me real money and I’d consider it. Your team and networks lose so much money I doubt you have much left.”
Cuban responded saying: “This is about charity. Im ready to make you a better offer. But to hear it you have to commit $1m to #Sandy relief first.”
At Hofstra University, preparation is underway.
Clinton reportedly wants to stand on a box, so the 5-foot-4-inch Democrat at the same height as 6-foot-2-inch Trump. That request has reportedly been rejected by the commission on presidential debates.
The debate will be moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.