Yang on debate lineup: 'We could not have drawn it up any better'

Tech entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll Jack Dorsey maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE is expressing enthusiasm over the first debate lineup.

“We could not have drawn it up any better if we had been there selecting the draw ourselves,” Yang, who is the founder of Venture for America, told Hill.TV during an interview on Tuesday.

Yang is among two-dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination and is among the 20 who qualified for the first Democratic debate later this month.

The Democratic National Committee announced last week that he will appear the same night as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE, who is the current Democratic frontrunner. Yang will appear with those rivals on the second debate night.

The first debate night will feature only one top-tier candidate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.).

“It’s going to obviously be the much more viewed night,” Yang said about his debate stage.

The entrepreneur said he sees the debate as a “tremendous opportunity” to introduce himself to voters and share his vision for the country.

"I’m in a fortunate position too where most Americans have still never actually seen much of me or they might have heard something about me in passing and so this is a tremendous opportunity just to introduce myself, my vision for the country and the foundational ideas of the campaign," he said.

He added that his strategy during the debate is to focus on raising his name recognition rather than attacking his fellow Democratic contenders.

“I’m not in a position where I think it would be a great use of my air time to throw rocks at other candidates because I’m still in the process of introducing myself to the American people,” Yang told Hill.TV.

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