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ANDREW YANG - UBI and the 2020 Election

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Published on 28 Mar 2019 / In Non-profits & Activism

ANDREW YANG - UBI and the 2020 Election

Andrew Yang's popularity is clearly on the rise, but I'm not going to lie to you. His odds for the 2020 election are long. Still struggling to show up at 1% in the democratic primary polls, his presidential campaign faces a steep uphill battle.

He is competing with a large field of experienced politicians. That field of 2020 Democrats is currently topped by Bernie Sanders—probably the most influential progressive in the country, with decades of experience, and a powerful movement behind him. And were he some how able to beat Sanders, to become President, Yang would still have to topple Trump: an incumbent president running on a strong economy, and backed by an astoundingly loyal following.

Facing all this, Yang 2020 has few assets in its arsenal. Yang's not a career politician, or a famous billionaire.

He doesn't have the name-recognition, the donors, the campaign staff, or the popular movement required to win a presidential election—at least not yet.

What he does have is an idea. One that is so interesting it's gotten far more attention than a fringe candidate is likely to expect. One that has gotten him enough support that he will likely make past the DNC threshold to appear in the 2020 democratic primary debates.

His Freedom Dividend, a version of UBI (universal basic income), is the centerpiece of his policy platform, which also includes support for Medicare for All, and shifting economic measures away from GDP.

Andrew Yang hopes his platform, particularly UBI, will be enough to make him the next president of the United States.

Can he do it?

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