Andrew Yang Becomes Ninth Candidate to Qualify for September Debates

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We ran the numbers: There are 371 news articles covering this topic. 61% (227) are left leaning, 33% (122) center, 6% (22) right leaning.

According to a Monmouth poll released on Thursday, Andrew Yang is now the ninth candidate to qualify for the next round of Democratic primary debates, which will take place in September in Houston. In order to qualify for the next debate, candidates must poll at least 2 percent in four polls and meet a donor threshold of donations from 130,000 different people. Yang will be joined on stage by Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Candidates have until August 28th to meet the requirements to be included in the Houston debates, and with Julian Castro and Tom Steyer approaching their goals, it is possible that the debates will again be split over the course of two nights. The debates are scheduled for September 12 and 13 and will be moderated by ABC News and Univision.

Coverage from the left primarily recounts Yang’s policy positions and previous poll performances–comparing his polling and donor numbers to those of the other candidates. A left-leaning New York Times article notes, “Mr. Yang’s debate performance last week appeared to bolster his campaign’s fund-raising. A campaign spokesman said that in the four days after Mr. Yang debated, he raised more than $1 million from about 38,000 people, the vast majority of them new donors.” Coverage of Yang’s qualification for the third debates is primarily left leaning, with 227 (61 percent) of articles.

Coverage from the center, such as this NPR article, also analyzes Yang’s policy proposals, such as his “‘Freedom Dividend,’ which would give every American adult $1,000 per month to combat the automation of jobs.” NPR adds, “He has touted his nerdiness as an asset, quipping in the July debate that ‘the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.’”

Right-leaning coverage of Yang’s qualifying polls is quite limited, with only 22 right-leaning articles (6 percent of the total). Like much of the other coverage, a right-leaning article from the Daily Caller summarizes Yang’s performance so far as well as his policy proposals. However, they also emphasize Yang’s nontraditional proposals, saying “Yang has been pounding the campaign trail for months and has garnered attention for his out-of-the-box proposals. For example, he theorizes that his universal basic income proposal to pay every American adults $1,000 per month would actually result in more than 2 million jobs.’”