Several people have already announced their run for president. Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and recently, Julia Castro have all announced they are running for the 2020 presidential election. Many others could also run in the upcoming months. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’rourke are all candidates who might run in the future. You probably have heard about many of these candidates. But there is one candidate that you may not have not heard about. Andrew Yang, a Taiwanese-American entrepreneur who founded Venture for America, is also running.
Yang filed with the FEC to run for president on November 6th, 2017. Yang has stated that he wants a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for American. The proposal will give $1,000 a month to every American. Supporters of the idea say that this will be economically feasible because UBI will eliminate the need for welfare and a minimum wage. Yang says that we need UBI as automation takes the jobs of more and more people. “Over the last number of years, we have automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa,” Yang said while campaigning in Iowa. “What we did to the manufacturer workers, we’re about to do to the retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers, and on and on” Yang has also said that he wants medicare for all. His campaign slogan is “Humanity First”.
Yang is still relatively unknown among most of the general public. He will have to do a lot of work to get the Democratic nomination over household names like Bernie sanders or Joe Biden.