White House hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE announced Monday that he has reached the thresholds to qualify for the third and fourth Democratic primary debates.
“We did it #YangGang! As of today, we are officially the 8th candidate to qualify for the fall debates,” the entrepreneur tweeted. “We are in this for the long haul. Thank you all for your support.”
We did it #YangGang! As of today, we are officially the 8th candidate to qualify for the fall debates. We are in this for the long haul. Thank you all for your support. pic.twitter.com/y4s1tdzlQv
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) July 29, 2019
Yang’s announcement comes less than a month after he said he met the donor requirement for the third and fourth debates. It also comes a day ahead of the second round of primary debates, which will be held in Detroit.
Twenty candidates are scheduled to participate in the two-night event this week, but the next rounds are expected to feature fewer contenders because of the higher thresholds.
White House hopefuls will have to amass 130,000 unique donors and receive the support of at least 2 percent of respondents in four qualifying polls to appear in the third debate on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.
The third debate will be held in Houston at Texas Southern University, a historically black school.
Yang is the eighth candidate to qualify for the third debate, following Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has met the donor threshold but not the polling requirement.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) has met the polling threshold but not the donor requirement.
Yang, a political outsider, has seen his campaign powered by strong online support.
His signature issue, a promise of a dividend of $1,000 a month to all adults, has helped set him apart from the field.
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