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Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang - 2020 Presidential Election Chronology

December

December 10: Yang qualifies for PBS NewsHour/POLITICO December debate.

December 8: Yang announced that he had hired Julia Rosen to lead his digital operations and Ally Letsky to lead his direct mail operations. Letsky worked on the 2012 Obama and 2016 Clinton presidential campaigns.

November

November 24: Yang said he would not appear on MSNBC until the network apologizes for limiting his inclusion in the debate and omitting him in reports on fundraising and polling.

November 13: Ten candidates, including Yang, qualified for the fifth Democratic primary debate. The debate will take place on November 20, 2019, at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 7: Yang aired his first ad in Iowa, "New Way Forward," as part of a $1 million ad buy in the state.

October

October 15: Yang participated in the 4th Democratic primary debate in Westerville.

October 1: Yang raised $10 million in the third quarter of 2019, more than tripling his fundraising total from the second quarter.

September

September 16: The Yang campaign said it collected 450,000 email addresses, 90 percent of which were new, in the 72 hours following Yang’s universal basic income proposal on the debate stage.

September 12: Yang participated in the third Democratic primary debate in Houston. ABC News and Univision broadcast the debate and Linsey Davis, David Muir, Jorge Ramos, and George Stephanopoulos moderated. The candidates discussed Medicare for All, criminal justice, international trade agreements, gun violence, military strategy in Afghanistan, education, and climate change.

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

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.

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

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

June

June 27: At the first Democratic debate, Yang said Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat and that Chinese intellectual property theft should not be addressed through tariffs. He said the first international relationship he would reset would be China to seek cooperation on climate change, artificial intelligence, and North Korea.

June 26: Yang tweeted that he had reached 128,000 unique donors, nearing the 130,000-donor threshold to qualify for the third presidential debate.

June 22: Yang and 21 other Democratic candidates spoke at the South Carolina Democratic Convention. This was a record-breaking number of presidential candidates speaking at the state party's convention, The Greenville News reported.

May

May 1: Yang will give $1,000 per month to two families in New Hampshire and Iowa as a demonstration of his Universal Basic Income plan. Yang said he wanted to expand the offering to families in Nevada and South Carolina.

April

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

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

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 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.

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

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

Biography

Personal

Political Experience

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Additional Information

Andrew Yang is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. He filed to run for the office on November 6, 2017.

The cornerstone of Yang's platform is the universal basic income (UBI). Yang describes the UBI as "a form of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a given governed population, without having to pass a test or fulfill a work requirement." Yang's UBI proposal is a payment of $1,000 per month for every adult American citizen.

Prior to running for office, Yang founded the nonprofit organization Venture for America, which trains recent graduates to work for startups. He also worked for a healthcare startup, founded a national education company, and practiced law as a corporate attorney.

Yang was born in 1975 and grew up in Schenectady, New York. He received a B.A. in economics and political science from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Yang practiced corporate law for five months before becoming involved with startups in the areas of fundraising, healthcare, and education. His first effort was Stargiving.com, a website he launched in 2000 aimed at getting celebrities to make charitable donations. The site was unsuccessful, and he went on to serve as vice president of the healthcare software startup MMF Systems from 2002 to 2005. The following year, Yang founded the educational startup Manhattan Prep, where he served as CEO and president until 2011. In 2009, the company was acquired by Kaplan.

In 2011, Yang founded Venture for America, a nonprofit organization that trains recent graduates and young professionals to work for startup companies in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. President Barack Obama (D) gave Yang the Champion of Change award in 2012 and named him presidential ambassador for global entrepreneurship in 2015.

Yang also wrote two books: Smart People Should Build Things in 2014 and The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future in 2018.

Prior to his 2020 presidential bid, Yang had not run for public office.

Elections

2020

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Yang filed to run for president on November 6, 2017.

Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Unknown Position

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Unknown Position

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Unknown Position

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- No

Articles

Yang, Klobuchar, Steyer see increase in favorability after debate: poll

Dec. 23

BY JUSTINE COLEMAN | THE HILL © Getty Images Democratic presidential candidates entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and billionaire Tom Steyer all saw an increase in favorability following the December debate, a poll released Monday said. This week’s Morning Consult poll found that Yang saw a 7 percentage point increase in favorability to 34 percent after the debate. Klobuchar and Steyer both rose 5 percentage points in favorability to 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Yang and Klobuchar both saw fundraising boosts following the debate, with Yang reportedly raising $750,000 and Klobuchar claiming to collect more than $1 million by Friday night. The debate held last week featured a smaller number of candidates, allowing some of the lesser-known candidates to shine on stage.  Former Vice President Joe Biden maintained his lead at 31 percent support following the debate, with runner-up Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reaching 21 percent support.  The poll surveyed 7,178 people between Dec. 20 and Dec. 22. The poll had a margin of error of 1 percentage point.

Donald Glover Endorses Democratic Candidate Andrew Yang, Team Up for Los Angeles Pop-Up Event

Dec. 18

By Rania Aniftos | Billboard Taylor Hill/Getty Images. Donald Glover attends the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on Nov. 2, 2019 in Los Angeles. Donald Glover, known musically as Childish Gambino, has officially taken his pick for the 2020 presidential election. The multihyphenate star made a vague endorsement of Democratic candidate Andrew Yang via Instagram story, hinting at a pop-up event in Los Angeles on Thursday (Dec. 19).  The event will take place at 507 N Fairfax Ave at noon, though the post doesn't have much information at all regarding what the pop-up would entail. If Glover were to perform, it would be his first since his Austin City Limits set in October.  Attention L.A. #YangGang! pic.twitter.com/HH03XRvIWI — Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) December 18, 2019 The "This Is America" crooner isn't the only musical member of the Yang Gang. Though he has not officially endorsed Yang, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo made campaign contributions to the candidate last month, and the band played at his Des Moines rally. Yang will take the stage for another Democratic debate on Thursday night (Dec. 19).  

Andrew Yang qualifies for PBS NewsHour/POLITICO debate

Dec. 10

He's the seventh — and likely final — candidate to qualify. By ZACH MONTELLARO | POLITICO Andrew Yang needed to hit 4 percent in one more poll. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Andrew Yang has qualified for the December Democratic primary debate just days before this week's deadline, joining six other candidates on the stage. Yang received 4 percent support in a national Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday, one of the two qualifying polls to be released after a nearly two-week drought. Yang had come tantalizingly close to qualifying before — hitting 3 percent in 12 of the 26 December qualifying polls released so far, including a Monmouth University national poll released earlier in the day. He’ll join six other candidates who have already qualified for the Dec. 19 debate in Los Angeles, which is co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and POLITICO: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. To qualify, candidates need to hit 4 percent in four polls approved by the DNC (or 6 percent in two early-state polls) and have contributions from 200,000 unique donors. No candidate’s qualification is official until confirmed by the DNC; candidates' qualification is based off of POLITICO’s tracking of public polling and donor counts. "We are going to do something unprecedented on the debate stage next week, and that is show up as the lone person of color," Yang joked to reporters in Iowa. "I'm excited to make the debate stage, not surprised. We've been showing consistent growth throughout." "I will be honest, I thought we would going to make it based upon a poll in one of the early states," he continued. "But thrilled to make it on the basis of a national poll — that in some ways is even better." Both polls show Biden, the former vice president, leading the field. In the Monmouth poll, Biden has a narrow lead over the two leading liberal challengers, Sanders and Warren. He is at 26 percent to Sanders' 21 percent and Warren's 17 percent. Pete Buttigieg is a distant fourth at 8 percent, followed by Mike Bloomberg's 5 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was at 4 percent, her best performance in a Monmouth national poll this year, which made her the final candidate to clear that benchmark. The Quinnipiac poll shows Biden with a greater advantage. He is at 29 percent, to Sanders’ 17 percent and Warren’s 15 percent. Buttigieg is at 9 percent, and Bloomberg is at 5 percent. Yang is the last candidate at the 4 percent mark. Biden, Sanders and Buttigieg were roughly stable in the Monmouth poll, compared to the results of a November poll from the university. Warren saw a modest drop, and this is the first time Bloomberg was included in a Monmouth poll since the beginning of 2019, before he initially ruled out a presidential run. In the Quinnipiac poll, Biden and Sanders both saw a small modest bump. Warren was stable, while Buttigieg's vote share dropped 7 points. Tulsi Gabbard, the only other candidate who is close to qualifying for the debate, had less than 1 percent support in the Monmouth poll and 2 percent in the Quinnipiac poll. Gabbard is one poll away from qualifying. However, she seemingly removed herself from contention Monday evening. "For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th 'debate' — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls," she tweeted on Monday. "I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina." However, the Hawaii congresswoman could always change her mind. She publicly toyed with boycotting the October debate, before ultimately opting to participate. Bloomberg will not be in the Dec. 19 debate, either. He is not collecting campaign contributions, which precludes him from the debate stage — and it isn't clear if he would hit the polling threshold either. No other debate qualifying polls have been publicly announced ahead of the Thursday deadline, but polls' releases are not typically announced well in advance. All of the polls approved by the DNC are conducted either by independent media outlets or universities, who decide on their own when to conduct and release polls. Some pollsters have publicly bemoaned the position the DNC has put them in, arguing that debate qualifications was not the reason they were conducting surveys. Yang found out he qualified for the debate during a meeting with the Des Moines Register's editorial board, when his campaign manager held up a sign that said "4%! We're in!" The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from Dec 4-8. It surveyed 384 registered voters who identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. The Quinnipiac University Poll was conducted from Dec. 4-9, surveying 665 registered Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.  

Debates/Survey

2020

Feb. 23
Knoxville, TN - Yang Gang Hang (West Knoxville)

Sun 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

10716 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934-3001, United States

Feb. 11
Election Night Rally with Andrew Yang!

Tue 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST

245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104-2641, United States

Feb. 10
Keene State College Rally with Andrew Yang

Mon 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM EST

Keene State College - Mabel Brown Room 83 Blake St Keene, NH 03431

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