HOUSTON – Andrew Yang is trying to attract voters using cold hard cash.
At Thursday’s Democratic debate Yang announced that he plans to give $120,000 to 10 families over the next 12 months out of his campaign’s coffers.
“When you donate money to a presidential campaign what happens? The politicians spend the money on TV ads and consultants and you hope it works out,” Yang said during his opening statement. “It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians.”
“That’s why I’m going to do something unprecedented. My campaign will not give a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month for an entire year to 10 American families,” Yang added.
The centerpiece of Yang’s campaign is his promise to implement a universal basic income in the U.S.
Each American adult over 18 would receive $1,000 a month, which Yang has coined the “freedom dividend.”
“Andrew’s putting his money where his mouth is,” Yang’s spokesman Randy Jones told The Post. “You can do a lot of things with the money that your donors give you, we’re very proud that we’re going to give some of it back.”
Politico was first to report Yang’s plan.
The 10 winners will be selected from individuals who apply for the “freedom divident” via Yang’s website.
With Marianne Williamson not making the Houston debate, Yang will be the quirkiest candidate of the 10 appearing Thursday night. A video of Yang crowd surfing recently went viral.
Yang, a first-time candidate and entrepreneur by trade, has exceeded expectations, out-polling many seasoned politicians, including New York City Bill de Blasio and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who dropped her bid before this third debate.
After Yang announced his plan to great applause, the next person up to bat, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had to pause.
“It’s original, I’ll give you that,” Buttigieg quipped.
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