Young Turks founder names Sanders, Yang as top winners of third Democratic debate

The founder and host of the left-leaning online show "The Young Turks" named tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangKrystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Again, DNC debate moderators fail to ask about democracy issues MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.) as the top winners of Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate.

“The two big winners clearly were Andrew Yang and Bernie Sanders,” Cenk Uygur told Hill.TV during an interview on “Rising.”

“I know that no one else in Washington will agree, but that’s because they’re outsiders,” he added.

Uygur went on to praise Yang’s pilot plan for his universal basic income proposal. Yang announced during the debate that his campaign will give $1,000 a month to 10 American families for an entire year.

The announcement drew chuckles from Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwo former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates 2020 Dems honor Emily Clyburn MORE (D-Calif.). South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum MORE (D) quipped, “It’s original, I’ll give you that” in response to the plan.

Yang also proposed giving every citizen $100 “democracy dollars" to donate to campaigns, saying it would eliminate corporate influence over the electoral process.

“I actually loved the idea by Andrew Yang that people made fun of the most,” Uygur said referring to Yang’s plan. “It’s to help end corruption — it’s a great idea.”

Uygur also praised Sanders’s “full-throated” attack on “corruption and corporate power and standing up for the average American.”

Sanders has been gaining ground since the second debate, with a polling average of 17.3 percent, according recent data complied by RealClearPolitics. He stills trails Biden, who remains the front-runner, with a polling average of 27 percent support.

Yang, meanwhile, has continued to gain attention and seen higher number in recent weeks. In The Hill’s own Hill-HarrisX poll, the entrepreneur received 5 percent support among Democratic and independent registered voters, his highest mark to date in the survey yet.

—Tess Bonn