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It's Hard To Woo Someone To Run Against Donald Trump, Even Mark Cuban

It seems no one wants to run against Donald Trump as an independent. So far, at least.

By Cliff Judy | May 14, 2016

Sources say there's a group of Republicans searching just about everywhere for a nominee not named Donald Trump to hop on the presidential ticket as an independent.

The names apparently being floated? Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, former candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Dallas Mavericks owner and ABC "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban.

The Washington Post reports the group currently trying to woo someone to go for an independent presidential bid includes 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and commentator William Kristol.

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"I would like for there to be an independent Republican candidate because I can't support Trump and I can't support Clinton," Kristol told CNN's Jake Tapper.

It's not as though Cuban doesn't have a history of either inserting himself or getting inserted into White House talk. During this election season, he's insisted he won't runhe's insisted he'd be a better president than Donald Trump if he did run and a "Shark Tank" colleague insisted there was a 100 percent chance he'll be president someday.

In an email to The Post, Cuban wrote of 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 is probably right. The Republican National Committee is already coordinating strategy and its considerable resources with Trump's camp as the presumptive nominee.

Even the brief, weeklong division between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan now appears to be moving closer and closer to unity.

"We are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified to bridge the gaps and differences," Ryan told reporters on Thursday.

This video includes images from Getty Images and clips from Donald J. Trump For President Inc.ABC / "Shark Tank," PBS NewsHourCNN and Politico.

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