Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has stunned political observers by winning the first rapid poll after the second democratic presidential primary debate.
Yang reached the poll by a considerable margin despite the fact that he had by far the least speaking time in Thursday's debate, remained balanced and refused to interrupt, even while other candidates descended into screams.
His signature pledge is a universal basic income of $ 1,000 per month for adult US citizens, who he & # 39; s freedom dividend & # 39; mentions and says that it is of vital importance in the light of imminent functional destruction by the forces of robot automation.
& # 39; I would receive a dividend payment of $ 1,000 for every American adult from the age of eighteen, & # 39; Yang said during the debate when asked what his first act as president would be, vowing to get the boat off the throats.
Former tech executive Andrew Yang is the surprise winner of a quick online poll asking who won the first presidential debate on Thursday
By midnight on Thursday, Yang had won 28 percent of the votes Drudge Report & # 39; s famous short online poll, easily in second place Senator Kamala Harris, who won 17 percent.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the last in the poll and earned only 2 percent of the votes.
Leaders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were fifth and six in the poll respectively.
Yang stunned spectators before the debate even began, when he was on stage without a band, a scoop for a man in a modern presidential debate.
In the debate, he was given a mere two minutes and 56 seconds of speaking time, less than a quarter of the time spent by Biden on speaking.
Yang devoted almost all of his time explaining his proposed freedom dividend that he wants to finance with a value-added tax.
Yang was the shock winner of an online poll that was held immediately after the debate
& # 39; We would save money on issues such as detention, homelessness services, emergency healthcare, and only the added value of a stronger, healthier, mentally healthier population would increase GDP by $ 700 billion, & # 39; he said.
Yang believes that the freedom dividend would also help address issues such as climate change by allowing people to focus on long-term issues rather than on daily survival.
His dark horse campaign has attracted a dedicated online follower, who calls himself the & # 39; Yang Gang & # 39; called.
& # 39; Yang is the ONLY candidate who is really interested in attracting centrists and independents & # 39 ;, wrote evolutionary psychology professor Geoffrey Miller on Twitter after the debate.
& # 39; Andrew Yang is the only candidate who can thank you because Andrew Yang is the only candidate who does not have the right to be on stage because the world owes them & & # 39 ;, another user wrote .
Yang & # 39; s signature pledge is a universal basic income of $ 1,000 per month for adult US citizens, giving him a & # 39; freedom dividend & # 39; mentions and says it is vital in the light of the threat of automation
& # 39; Shout out to Andrew Yang. Don't interrupt, keep the answers concise, despite not being asked many questions, & wrote photojournalist David Scrivner.
Yang highlighted his message in his final statement and addressed Americans across the entire political spectrum.
& # 39; Democrats and Americans across the country have one question for their nominee, and that is, who can beat Donald Trump in 2020? That's the right question, & Yang said.
& # 39; And the right candidate to beat Donald Trump will solve the problems that Donald Trump has chosen, and we will have a vision of a trickle-up economy that already has thousands of dissatisfied Trump voters, conservatives, independents and libertarians draws, as well as Democrats and progressives, & he continued.
& # 39; I am that candidate. I can build a much broader coalition to defeat Donald Trump. It is not over; it is not good. It is forward. And that is where I will take the country in 2020. & # 39;
Yang responds after the second democratic primary presidential debate on Thursday
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