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

Tech entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang 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 Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden, 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 Warren (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.

-Tess Bonn