Andrew Yang Qualifies for Fifth Democratic Debate

Former lawyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang has qualified for the fifth presidential primary debate in November, making him the eighth candidate to do so. 

As of Wednesday, Andrew Yang is set to take the stage alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker,  South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Senator Kamala Harris, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Yang earned 3% support in a national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University and released on Tuesday. He has previously gotten at least 3% in three other polls approved by the Democratic National Committee, and has publicly said he crossed the fundraising threshold of 165,000 unique donors.

The rising candidate entered the 2020 race for President without conventional presidential credentials. “I’m not a career politician—I’m an entrepreneur who understands the economy,” he says. Andrew Yang began his professional career as a corporate attorney and in recent years has boosted business start-ups through Venture for America, a non-profit he founded in 2011.

Mr. Yang formally declared his run for presidency in 2017 after realizing the threat posed by automation to millions of American jobs. New technologies like robots, software and artificial intelligence have already wiped out more than 4 million U.S. jobs. At this rate, one-third of all American workers are at risk of permanent unemployment due to automation.

To combat this near reality, Andrew Yang said his first priority as president will be to implement the Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income (UBI) for every American over the age of 18: USD 1,000 a month, no strings attached, paid for by a new tax on companies benefiting most from automation. 

According to Mr. Yang a USD 1,000 UBI would “permanently” grow the economy by about USD 2.5 Trillion by 2025, and increase the U.S. labor force by 4.5 million to 4.7 million people.

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  1. Jonathan Bin 2 weeks ago
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    Opinions of the voters cannot be dismissed, for the candidates. I vote for the leader, not the followers. Warren is a flat out liar, no disrespect. Yang is refreshing. We got #YangGang

    • Luis Ramirez 2 weeks ago
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      The @AndrewYang campaign is exposing the lie of American meritocracy. I have been waiting for this candidate for decades. #YangGang is here. Our time is now.

  2. Yashira M. 2 weeks ago
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    As a conservative, I find Andrew Yang ideas appealing. I know he’s liberal. The Freedom Dividend is more pro-life than any ban could be. A VAT tax punishes over consumption and values savers (rich or poor). Yang might be a liberal, but his policies support conservatives.

    • Ray Lopez 2 weeks ago
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      #YangGang we will be seen as combative and argumentative just because we respond with facts… even if we’re being polite and gracious… some people will only want you to just agree with them… that doesn’t make you combative or argumentative!

  3. Christopher Morris 2 weeks ago
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    Impeachment is going to only help Trump long term. If we want Trump gone we all need to rally behind our best chance, @AndrewYang #Yang2020 #YangBeatsTrump #YangGang

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