Turning to a late-night show rather than counting on cable news to cover an announcement speech makes sense, especially for a Democratic candidate seeking a large, young, and mostly sympathetic audience. For example, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced her entry into the 2020 presidential race on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In December 2018, Joaquin Castro and his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro appeared on “The Late Show,” with Joaquin semi-jokingly revealing his brother’s plans. His joke turned out to be true. Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, later announced his 2020 bid from his hometown of San Antonio.
And why not? Given the large number of candidates and given the great age disparency among them, Democratic candidates angling to take on Trump on Election Day have found late-night shows to be friendlier and more amenable platforms to distinguish themselves in terms of likeability and the message that they come from a younger, hipper and different generations. The Democratic National Committee has all but encouraged candidates to strive for performative breakout moments as a way to attract more donors, which were needed to qualify for the party’s televised debates.
“I’m Andrew Yang, and I’m running for President as a Democrat in 2020 because I fear for the future of our country,” reads the first sentence of the website for his fascinating campaign. “New technologies – robots, software, artificial intelligence – have already destroyed more than 4 million US jobs, and in the next 5-10 years, they will eliminate millions more. A third of all American workers are at risk of permanent unemployment. And this time, the jobs will not come back.”
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A former tech entrepreneur who started a nonprofit to promote startups, Yang entered the race Nov. 6, 2018 on essentially a single issue — protecting Americans from job-stealing robots.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, he sells himself as the opposite of Trump—an ego-free Asian man who likes math. And Yang has generated buzz with his signature proposal for universal basic income to give every American $1,000 a month, no strings attached.
Age: 44 years old
Biggest strength: Robust policy agenda, tech savvy.
Biggest weakness: Low name recognition, no political experience.
Who gives him money: Individual contributors, some who donate in bitcoin. He’s also using some of his own money.
Biggest idea for the economy: A $1,000 monthly check sent to every American over 18, so they can pay their bills as robots take over jobs.
Who will hate this candidate: Anyone against higher taxes: Yang wants to fund his UBI proposal through value-added taxes.
Who will like this candidate: Silicon Valley types, promoters of universal basic income (UBI).
On “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang discussed the threat AI technology poses to America’s workforce and makes the case for a universal basic income.
One June 25, 2019, Yang went on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to explain why is looking for a family to give $1,000 per month to validate his proposal for universal basic income.
On June 27, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joined Bill to discuss his vision for America.
He also gave a talk before Fortune magazine.
“The most direct and concrete way for the government to improve your life is to send you a check for $1,000 every month and let you spend it in whatever manner will benefit you the most,” Yang writes on his campaign website.
The government has “plenty of resources, they’re just not being distributed to enough people right now,” he says.