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Entrepreneur and former candidate for the presidential nomination Andrew Yang announced his decision Tuesday night to endorse former rival Joe Biden for president.
Yang endorsed Biden the same night as the former vice president swept Michigan and several other primaries, amassing enough delegates to put himself in a position where sole remaining rival Bernie Sanders can’t collect the number of delegates necessary to claim the nomination himself.
Yang, who exited the race in February, ran with the support of a quirky, loyal band known as the “Yang Gang.”
He brought up issues in the race no other Democrats were discussing, including the displacement of workers by automation. He also championed the concept of universal basic income, which he called a Freedom Dividend, or $1,000 per month for each American.
Yang acknowledged that he endorsed Biden despite the fact that he backed Sanders when the Vermont senator made his first run for president four years ago.
“Bernie was an inspiration for me, inspired my run. But the math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee. We need to bring the party together,” Yang said. “We need to start working on defeating Donald Trump in the fall. I’ve had many personal conversations with Joe. I believe he’s the right man for the job to help us not just defeat Donald Trump but govern the country in the years ahead.”
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