Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race

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Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race
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Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race
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Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday, shortly after the polls closed in the New Hampshire primary. “You know, I am the math guy and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” Yang told supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“I am not someone who wants to wants to accept donations and support in a race that we will not win.”

Yang’s two-year run catapulted the philanthropist from obscurity into the national spotlight.

Yang entered the race toward the end of 2017 as an unknown with virtually no donor list. He had neither held nor run for office, and his policy agenda primarily focused on creating a “universal basic income” of $1,000 for every American over the age of 18. Yang’s “Freedom Dividend” was such an essential part of his candidacy that his original campaign website was named after it.

“We went from a mailing list that started with just my gmail contact list to receiving donations from over 400,000 people around the country and millions more who have supported this campaign,” Yang said. “One of the things I’m most proud of: We gave $1,000 a month to 13 families around the country.”

The Manhattan businessman and philanthropist ran a campaign that was part populist, part futurist. He called for new rules to protect American workers from the inevitable ubiquity of automation, scrapping GDP as a metric for national success in favor of quality-of-life measurements, and for decoupling an individual’s economic value from their human worth.

He excoriated companies like Amazon for “sucking up” billions in profits, shutting down retail stores, hollowing out communities and paying zero in taxes. His stump speeches often mentioned robot trucks and the value of the individual’s personal data.

Yang’s loose style (he went tieless at debates) and outsider status made him somewhat of a novelty in national media coverage, a phenomenon that was heightened by his penchant for entertaining stunts: he crowd-surfed at his events, sprayed whipped cream into the mouths of supporters and announced lottery-style giveaways on the debate stage. Headlines called him a “random man” running for president.

But Yang’s campaign repeatedly defied expectations. With the help of his incredibly passionate group of supporters, known colloquially as the “Yang Gang,” he out-competed and outlasted more than a dozen career politicians, including governors, sitting U.S. senators and sitting U.S. congressmen.

You can read the rest of Ben Mitchell’s article at CBSnews.com

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