New York Mayoral Candidate Andrew Yang spoke with supporters in the Big Apple Thursday; telling residents he plans to launch the “largest basic income program” in the history of the United States.
“We need anti-poverty programs… The first part is what I’ve always stood for, we need to make New York City the CoVID comeback city, but also the anti-poverty city. As Mayor, we will launch the largest basic income program in the history of the country, right here in New York,” said Yang.
“We will lift hundreds of thousands out of extreme poverty, putting cash relief directly in the hands of families. Cash relief is literally the difference between a family eating or a family going hungry,” he added.
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Andrew Yang Launches Bid to Become Next Mayor of NYC, Calls for ‘Universal’ Income’
Andrew Yang officially kicked-off his campaign to become the next Mayor of New York City this week; calling for “basic universal income” across all five boroughs.
“Former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang on Thursday launched his New York City mayoral campaign — hoping to replace outgoing Bill de Blasio with an audacious pitch for a universal basic income as a headline policy,” reports Fox News.
I moved to New York City 25 years ago. I came of age, fell in love, and became a father here. Seeing our City in so much pain breaks my heart.
— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) January 14, 2021
“I’m running for mayor for a very simple reason — I see a crisis and believe I can help,” he said.
“We need bold ideas and fresh ideas to revive our city,” he said. “We need to look forward and adapt to economic challenges of today and the future. We also need a city government focused on competence and delivering for our people every day,” he added.
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ONE NIGHT IN TEXAS: Some Dems Fail to Meet Debate Requirements, De Blasio 'MISSING' in NYC
A handful of Democratic presidential hopefuls failed to meet the minimum debate requirements this week; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between all the top-tier candidates for the first time in the 2020 primary process.
“In a blow to their hopes of making the debate stage next month, billionaire Tom Steyer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and a number of other presidential candidates missed a chance to advance in a new poll on Monday, just two days before the cutoff,” reports NBC News.
“Ten candidates have already qualified for the ABC-sponsored Democratic debate in Houston in September, but Steyer, Gillibrand, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and author Marianne Williamson were hoping some last-minute surveys would push them across the threshold,” adds the website.
The debate rules require all candidates to poll at or above 2% in four national polls and raise money from at least 130,000 unique donors.
“The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile. Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “But they are swinging more toward one of the left-leaning contenders with high name recognition rather than toward a lesser known candidate who might be more in line with them politically.”
The ten candidates who will share the stage in September are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang.
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