The third Democratic debate on Thursday night was unlike the prior two debates which featured candidates on separate nights. This time, the top ten Democratic presidential candidates shared a single stage and were able to each pitch their campaigns to voters.
Front-runners including former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren looking to increase their leads and some lesser-known candidates were looking to expand their own recognition and policy platforms.
So, who came out on top?
According to a poll by the Washington Examiner, entrepreneur Andrew Yang took full advantage of his time with his fellow candidates and handily won the debate.
Yang, though ranking at or less than 5 percent in nearly every poll, led the pack with a whopping 48.46 percent or 4,402 votes in the poll.
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Sanders, Biden, and Warren came second, third, and fourth in the poll with 14.21 percent, 10.2 percent, and 7.79 percent, respectively.
The rest of the order included South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (6.52 percent), Senator Amy Klobuchar (4.06 percent), former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (3.73 percent), Senator Cory Booker (2.2 percent), Senator Kamala Harris (1.67 percent) and former Obama-era official Julián Castro (1.14 percent).
Forbes reports the surge of support could be because Yang promised to doll out $120,000 to ten families across the country. The proposal, $1,000 per month for a year, is a part of Yang’s idea of a basic universal income and a key component of his presidential platform. Yang claims he would enact the plan for every American—should he win the White House.
Check it out:
In his opening remarks during the ABC News debate Thursday, entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced he would randomly select ten families to receive $1,000 per month for a year as a pilot to test Yang’s key policy proposal.
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- The “Freedom Dividend” is Yang’s marquee policy proposal. The universal basic income would provide $1,000 per month or $12,000 a year to every American adult over the age of 18.
- Even if Yang doesn’t get the nomination—which seems likely at this point—the money will continue to be paid out, Politico reported.
- The money will come out of campaign funds.
- In response, the candidates on stage chuckled after Yang’s proposal.
Families can enter on Yang’s campaign website.
Andrew Yang says his campaign will give $1,000 per month to 10 American families for an entire year pic.twitter.com/5zUBPy2oMH
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