Saagar Enjeti calls Yang's rise a 'return to the fundamentals of democracy'

Hill.TV host Saagar Enjeti praised Andrew YangAndrew YangOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide MORE on Wednesday after the Democratic candidate qualified for the fifth primary debate in December.

Enjeti said even though he doesn’t share many Yang’s views, he characterized it as an “extraordinary achievement” that “represents a sea change in American politics.”

“What I really respect in his rise is breaking the mold forever as to what it means to run for president and who is quote unquote electable,” Enjeti said. “His candidacy and rise is in many ways a return to the fundamentals of democracy, where anyone is able to rise to the top of the political playing field if their ideas resonate with enough people.”

Though starting out relatively unknown, Yang has since garnered attention for his various policy proposals, including a “freedom dividend” that would give every American adult a $1,000 a month. He has also registered in the polls in several key early voting states like Iowa, though it's only in the single digits.

Yang on Tuesday became the seventh candidate to qualify for the December debate. He will take the stage along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Sanders surges to first in New Hampshire: poll Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Sanders surges to first in New Hampshire: poll Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success MORE and billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSouth Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Steyer would have owed M more in taxes under lawmakers' proposal: liberal group MORE.

In order to qualify for the fifth debate, candidates had to amass at least 200,000 unique donors and register support of at least 4 percent in four qualifying polls or 6 percent in two early state surveys. 

Candidates still have until the end of Thursday to qualify.

The upcoming debate is set to take place in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.