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Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang - 2020 Presidential Election Chronology

September

September 9: Yang attended a fundraiser in Richmond, Texas, at the home of Asian American Democratic Club founder Ling Luo.

September 8: Yang was one of three candidates to attend the AAPI Democratic Presidential Forum in Costa Mesa, California.

September 7: Yang spoke at the Democratic Party of New Hampshire's annual convention along with 18 other candidates.

September 5: Yang spoke at CNN's climate crisis town hall with 9 other 3rd democratic debate contenders.

September 5: Yang said he would not run as a third-party candidate if he lost the Democratic nomination because it would increase Trump’s chances of winning.

September 4: Yang appeared on CBS This Morning, where he discussed how he could appeal to Trump voters.

September 3: Axios published a piece saying that, while Yang ranked 6th in polling average among Democratic presidential candidates, he was 13th in cable news mentions and 14th in "articles written about."

August

August 26: Yang issued his $4.9 trillion climate change proposal which has five prongs: building a sustainable economy transitioned to renewable energy, investing in American innovation and technology to power the world, moving coastal communities to higher ground, using geoengineering to reverse the damage, and passing a constitutional amendment on environmental stewardship.

August 26: Yang made a climate policy announcement in New Hampshire.

August 20: In an interview on NPR Politics Podcast, Yang spoke about engaging Trump voters, stereotypes, climate change, and the economy.

August 16-18: Yang campaigned in New Hampshire.

August 14: The Los Angeles Times interviewed Yang about gun violence, automation, and universal basic income.

August 10: Yang discussed accidental gun deaths involving children and personalized weapons at the forum on gun violence.

August 8: Yang qualified for the third and fourth Democratic presidential primary debates, reaching the polling threshold of 2 percent or more in a fourth eligible poll. Yang previously announced he had reached the grassroots fundraising bar and the polling threshold last week before the Democratic National Committee clarified its polling rules, leaving Yang one short.

August 4: Yang called for a new federal domestic terrorism statute that would better allow law enforcement the resources to investigate domestic terrorism cases.

August 3-4: The 2020 Democratic candidates responded to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in formal statements, interviews, and tweets. Candidates focused on Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants, congressional inaction, and gun violence policies.

July

July 31: The second night of the second Democratic presidential primary debate was broadcast from Detroit, Michigan, on CNN. Yang participated. At the debate, Yang said “the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math” and the country needed to do something different. He highlighted his universal basic income proposal in several contexts, including pay equity for homemakers. Yang also said money spent on conflicts abroad should have been invested in U.S. communities.

July 30: The Democratic National Committee clarified that a candidate can only use one NBC-sponsored national poll to qualify for the third Democratic presidential debate, leaving Yang one poll short of qualifying.

July 29: Yang announced that he has qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debate in September, becoming the eighth candidate to do so.

July 26: Yang wrote an op-ed on CNN.com about why he started Venture for America and his support for a universal basic income.

July 25: Yang discussed A.I. technology and universal basic income in an interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

July 22: In his plan for veterans, Yang proposed allowing veterans to receive relevant civilian certifications without additional licensing and providing in-state tuition at any public school in any state. Yang also called for increasing funding for veterans crisis lines and changing the Veterans Affairs healthcare network.

July 19: The Des Moines Register and AARP hosted a series of five forums in Iowa throughout the week. Yang participated in an event in Sioux City, Iowa. On an episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, Yang discussed innovation and his critique of calls to break up large tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

July 16: The San Francisco Chronicle profiled Yang's campaign and how he is performing better than several politicians in the race.

July 13: Yang held a rally in Portland, Oregon, marking his first campaign stop in the city.

July 11: Yang announced that he raised $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2019.

July 9: Yang said that his Universal Basic Income proposal would acknowledge the work of caregiving and empower women to leave exploitative jobs or relationships.

July 8: Yang appeared on The View on ABC News. Yang also proposed the American Mall Act, which would invest $6 billion to transition shopping malls for new purposes.

July 1: Yang reached the donor threshold for the third and fourth presidential debates.

June

June 25: Phone Banking Party at 5648 Friendship Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 at 6:00 pm EDT.

June 25: Raleigh/Durham Phone Banking Party at 3105 Umstead View Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607 at 6:00 pm EDT.

June 23: Bernal Heights Outdoor Social at 3416 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110 at 8:00 pm PDT.

June 23: Get the Word Out at Pulaski St, Athens, GA 30601 at12:00 pm EDT.

June 22: Metro Detroit Yang Gang at Flint Pride at Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48503 at 3:00 pm EDT.

June 22: Oregon Yang Gang Community Event at King School Park In Portland at 4606 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 at 11:00 am PDT.

June 22: Yang Gang will hold "Google Andrew Yang" placards around NYC (Time Square, Union Square, Central Park, State Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge) to raise name recognition at New York, NY 10010 at 1:00 pm EDT.

June 22: Kansas City Yang Gang Harvesters Volunteer Opportunity at 3801 Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129 at 10: am CDT.

June 21: Bernal Heights Outdoor Social at 3416 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110 at 8:00 pm PDT.

June 21: Volunteer at Firefly at 1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901 at 12:00 am EDT.

June 15Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Plymouth, NH, as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

June 15Coffee with Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang in Laconia, NH!

June 14Humanity First Tour - Andrew Yang comes to Ossipee, NH!

June 14Humanity First Tour - Andrew Yang comes to Newmarket, NH!

May

May 21: Join the former mayor of Portsmouth, Steve Marchand, for a Q&A on The Freedom Dividend and Andrew Yang's campaign for president.

May 20: Join the former mayor of Portsmouth, Steve Marchand, for a Q&A on The Freedom Dividend and Andrew Yang's campaign for president.

May 19: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Charleston, SC on May 19th, as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

May 18: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Hopkins, SC on May 18th, for some great food and an even better vision for America as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

May 18: Join the former mayor of Portsmouth, Steve Marchand, for a Q&A on The Freedom Dividend and Andrew Yang's campaign for president.

May 14: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in New York City on May 14th as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

May 11: Join Andrew in Windham for a meet & greet with the Windham, Salem and Pelham Democrats!

May 11: Please join us for a Town Hall meeting with Andrew Yang, candidate for President, on Saturday, May 11th at noon at the Lawrence Barn.

May 11: Join Andrew and the Sullivan County Democrats for a discussion on the future and what a Yang administration would look like!

May 10: Speak with Andrew about his vision for the future in Portsmouth, NH.

May 10: Join Andrew Yang in Concord for a meet & greet!

May 9: Join Andrew Yang and the Upper Valley Democrats for a discussion on the future of America and what a Yang presidency would look like.

May 9: Join Andrew Yang at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH for a town hall and meet & greet!

May 5: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Minneapolis, MN on May 5th as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

May 4: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Detroit, Michigan on May 4th as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

May 3: Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Seattle, WA on May 3rd as part of his nation-wide Humanity First tour.

April

April 25: Yang released a new policy statement on the timing of payments for small businesses and cashflow issues.

April 24: The Neiman Journalism Lab reported on Yang’s proposal to subsidize local journalism.

April 22: Yang held a campaign rally in Los Angeles. According to a campaign press release, there were 2,000 people in attendance, while NBC reported an attendance of 3,000 to 4,000.

April 18: Yang released a new policy statement on cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

April 17: In a profile by The Verge, Yang discussed his universal basic income proposal, automation, and the future of society.

April 14: Yang participated in a CNN town hall, where he discussed universal basic income, doctored information online, and decriminalizing heroin. He also responded to questions about white nationalist support for his campaign.

April 10: Business Insider profiled the digital strategy of Yang and the #YangGang members who were former Trump supporters.

April 10: Yang announced his plan to use a 3D hologram on the campaign trail to remotely appear in multiple places at once.

April 10: Yang campaigned in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of his Humanity First Tour.

April 5: Yang said there should be a psychologist monitoring the mental health of executive officials. “We should have a psychologist in the White House that’s looking in on the mental health of the executive branch, because it doesn’t make any sense to me to have that much power and responsibility without some sort of mental health professional monitoring,” he said in an interview with Stephen Dubner on Freakonomics Radio.

April 4: Yang was interviewed by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi where he discussed his economic policies and the need “to evolve to the next stage of capitalism.”

April 3: Yang said that he would legalize marijuana and pardon anyone convicted of a nonviolent drug-related offense on April 20, 2021.

April 2: Yang reported raising $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 from more than 80,000 individual donors. The average donation was under $18.

April 1: Yang discussed automation, geoengineering, and universal basic income in an interview with Wired.

March

March 31: Yang released a new policy calling for federal agencies to be relocated to boost local economies and reduce cost and infrastructure issues in Washington, D.C.

March 28: Yang was interviewed by Huffington Post about his experience growing up in the United States as the son of Taiwanese immigrants.

March 26: Yang hired Al Womble as his Iowa campaign chair. Womble was the 3rd Congressional District's Democratic chair in 2018. Democrats flipped the district in 2018 when Cindy Axne beat Rep. David Young.

March 22: Yang spoke with Dan Primack of Axios about his plans for a universal basic income. He specified that his proposal, which he is calling a freedom dividend, would provide every adult American with $1,000 per month.

March 18: Yang proposed a 10 percent value-added tax on companies like Amazon and Google.

March 17: Yang was interviewed by NBC News for a profile.

March 14: Yang tweeted a link to Williamson’s campaign, writing that she “is halfway to making the DNC primary debates! I’d love to have her join me up there. She is very human.”

March 12: In a Bloomberg opinion article, Yang's campaign was compared to previous efforts by Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders: “Beyond their electoral competitiveness, these campaigns are important because the values and issues they highlight become a part of mainstream politics, even if the campaigns so far have fallen short.”

March 11: Yang reached the 65,000-donor threshold to participate in the first primary debate.

March 6: Yang is nearing the donor benchmark necessary to participate in the Democratic primary debates this summer, including meeting the minimum of 200 donors per state in at least 20 states.

March 6: Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang were interviewed on the Breakfast Club, a radio show that airs in more than 90 markets.

February

February 28: Andrew Yang participated in a New Hampshire live-stream hosted by WMUR as part of their Conversations with the Candidate series. 

February 26: While campaigning in New Hampshire, Yang said he supported 18-year term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices. He also said that presidential candidates should have a transparent physical or health report released to show mental and physical health.

February 25: The Independent published an op-ed written by entrepreneur Andrew Yang on his proposal for a universal basic income.

February 24: Yang campaigned in Cleveland, Ohio, where he promoted his plan for universal basic income.

February 20: Yang was scheduled to campaign in Ohio over the weekend.

January

January 29: Yang returned to Iowa on Wednesday. Since becoming a candidate in November 2017, he has visited the state seven times.

January 28, 2019: Yang is scheduled to travel across Iowa from January 29th through February 2nd. On the campaign trail, he has been promoting the “Freedom Dividend,” his policy to institute a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for every American adult.