Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Andrew Yang

First, I want to thank everyone who put me on this stage tonight. I am proof that our democracy still works. Democrats and Americans around the country have one question for their nominee and that is who can beat Donald Trump in 2020? That is the right question. And the right candidate to beat Donald Trump will be solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected and will have a vision of a trickle up economy that is already drawing thousands of disaffected Trump voters, conservatives, independents, and libertarians as well as democrats and progressives. I am that candidate. I can build a lot broader coalition to beat Donald Trump. It is not left. It is not right. It is forward. And that is where I will take the country in 2020.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #2 (June 27, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

Again, Amazon, trillion dollar technology company, paying less in federal taxes than anyone in this room. That equation is not going to work for the people of South Carolina. We have to change that. We have to build a trickle up economy. From our people, our families, and our communities up. And as a parent myself, I know what $1000/month would mean to the college kid struggling at USC or Columbia with tuition or room and board bills. I know what it would mean to the single mom who is stuck in a cramped apartment trying to figure out how to create a better path for her kids, for the elderly South Carolinian who is struggling with drug prices that just go up and up, while your fixed income doesn't change. This dividend is how we change the game and start recognizing people like my wife who is at home with our two young boys, one of whom is autistic. What is her work included at in GDP right now? (zero) What does the market value her work at? (zero) And we know that is nonsense. We know that her work is among the most challenging and vital work that is done in our society today

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Crime

For many Americans, guns are a big part of their culture and identity. However, guns are a major responsibility ... gun owners should continue to enjoy the right to bear arms, subject to licensing and education requirements that will encourage the public safety.

Source: Campaign Website

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Health Care

By providing holistic healthcare to all our citizens, we’ll drastically increase the average quality of life, extend life expectancy, and treat issues that often go untreated. We’ll also be able to bring costs under control and outcomes up, as most other industrialized nations have.

Source: Campaign Website

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Education

Propose the 10×10 Student Loan Emancipation Act, a plan by which the federal government would buy student loan debt (negotiated rate with the private lenders) and allow students to opt into a plan to repay it through pledging 10% of their salary per year for ten years, after which the balance would be forgiven. Change bankruptcy laws to make it easier to discharge educational debt. Expand a program that forgives the debt of graduates who work in rural areas or with underprivileged populations. Close schools with high loan default rates and consistently low employment placement success.

Source: Campaign Website

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Drug Policy

Support the full legalization of marijuana at the federal level and remove it from the controlled substances list. Expunge the federal convictions of all marijuana-related use or possession offenses. Identify non-violent drug offenders for probation and potential early release.

Source: Campaign Website

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Environment

Invest heavily in carbon capture and geoengineering technologies designed to reverse the damage already done to the environment through a new Global Geoengineering Institute and invite international participation. Invest in any idea that has the potential to reverse the damage done to the environment, for example cloud-seeding technology to increase the atmosphere’s reflectivity. End the current tax benefits and cuts given to fossil fuel companies which give them an unwarranted competitive advantage over alternative energy sources.

Source: Campaign Website

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Civil Rights

The democratic party talks about empowering women, and I am going to suggest to you all that the best way to help that waitress that is getting harassed by her boss, or the single mom who is stuck in an abusive relationship, the best way to empower those women, to improve their situations is to put $1000/month into their hands. We can either talk about empowering women, or we can do something about it, and I say we do something about it!

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Tech and Innovation

Advances in automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold the potential to bring about new levels of prosperity humans have never seen. They also hold the potential to disrupt our economies, ruin lives throughout several generations, and, if experts such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are to be believed, destroy humanity. Technological innovation shouldn’t be stopped, but it should be monitored and analyzed to make sure we don’t move past a point of no return. This will require cooperation between the government and private industry to ensure that developing technologies can continue to improve our lives without destroying them.

Source: Campaign Website

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Foreign Policy

Secure the southern border and drastically decrease the number of illegal entries into the US. Provide a new tier of long-term permanent residency for anyone who has been here illegally for a substantial amount of time so that they can come out of the shadows and enter the formal economy and become full members of the community. This new tier would permit individuals to work and stay in the country, provided they pay their taxes and don’t get convicted of a felony. This tier would put them on a longer, eighteen-year path to citizenship (the same amount of time it takes those born in the US to get full citizenship rights), reflecting our desire to bring them into our country but also their decision to circumvent legal immigration channels.

Source: Campaign Website

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Domestic Policy

We need to immediately invest in infrastructure. Not only can we avoid the negative repercussions, but we can create up to 15 million jobs over a ten-year period. The Federal Reserve and IMF both estimate that every dollar spent on infrastructure earns $1.5-$3 back. And we’ll decrease deaths related to the poor condition of our roads and bridges.

Source: Campaign Website

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Politics

Voting is hard and time-consuming, which is why turnout even in presidential elections is barely over 50% and much lower during local and state elections. This rewards extreme points of view as opposed to the popular will. Considering the advances in technology, there’s no reason why we should still be waiting in line at polling stations to cast votes. The machines being used in most locales are also as vulnerable to tampering and hacking as modern technologies. Americans should be able to vote via their mobile device, with verification done via blockchain. This would dramatically increase participation in all elections, whether local, state or federal.

Source: Campaign Website

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