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Update 7:15am CT: Andrew Yang’s big surprise broke just prior to the debate, with news he would give a year-long Freedom Dividend to 10 people.
In his opening statement, Yang said he plans to debut a pilot version of his universal basic income plan. Yang will choose 10 families to receive $1,000 per month. Starting with $120,000 over 12 months, Yang wants to show voters how his universal basic income plan will help struggling families.
He opened the debate asking viewers to tell his campaign why they should receive the income plan.
“If you believe that you can solve your problems better than any politician, go to Yang2020.com and tell us how $1,000 a month will help you do just that.”
The original article appears below.
One day before the third Democratic debate, Andrew Yang’s campaign manager gave the Yang Gang a golden nugget.
Zach Graumann told the Daily Beast that presidential hopeful Andrew Yang will be doing “something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history.”
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein said the campaign manager refused to give any further details in a tweet.
Now, the Yang Gang is uniting under #YangDebateSurprise.
Andrew Yang’s campaign manager just called to tell me that at tomorrow night’s debate, Yang will be doing "something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history.” He declined to go further than that.— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 11, 2019
While Twitter is guessing what the stand-out candidate will do tonight, Yang dropped some possibilities, tweeting “two words for the debate stage tomorrow night: Gold chain.”
Two words for the debate stage tomorrow night: Gold chain.— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 11, 2019
And another, “for those wondering I will be crowdsurfing in sandals at Thursday’s debate.” Yang recently crowdsurfed at a rally.
For those wondering I will be crowdsurfing in sandals at Thursday’s debate.— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 11, 2019
Yang hyped up his gang hours before the debate on Thursday. But looking back at his previous debate, Yang had one of the fewest words spoken, according to FiveThirtyEight. Yang spoke 1,710 word as compared to frontrunner Joe Biden, who had 3,819 words.
Still, many wondered what Yang is going to do to stand out from the pack.
Newsroom consensus is that Yang is gonna vape on stage tonight— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) September 12, 2019
He is going to jump into the crowd and punch someone to prove he is not a robot because that would have violated the first law of robotics.— Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) September 12, 2019
But the guy in the audience could also be a robot so maybe technically he didn’t violate the laws. #YangDebateSurprise
Now, someone wants to start a contest over it.
Isaac Saul is offering a free lifetime Tangle subscription to whoever guesses Yang’s next move.
I'm starting a raffle. I'll give away a free lifetime Tangle subscription to anyone that can guess the unprecedented thing that @AndrewYang does at tonight's debate. I'll release the answers in tomorrow's newsletter. #YangGang you can make your guess here: https://t.co/t49Iap2VTd pic.twitter.com/gJN0C1SRKX— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) September 12, 2019
With only hours before the 10 candidates face off in Houston, it’s no surprise Twitter’s eyes are on Yang.
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.