Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco

Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco
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Democratic presidential hopeful and entrepreneur Andrew Yang drew a crowd of about 3,000 people at a campaign rally in San Francisco on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Yang, of New York City, spoke to the crowd about his proposal for a universal basic income, a $1,000-a-month “freedom dividend” for every American adult.  

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"What it means is that kids get better food, their nutrition gets better, they get healthier," he said. "What it means is that kids have a better chance to learn and graduate from school at higher levels, it means that all of us have our relationships improve a bit because our stress levels go down."

He also discussed the dangers of artificial intelligence and robots stealing jobs.

Yang's campaign has raised $350,000 from 66,000 donors. Polls show him as the top choice for about 1 percent of Democratic voters.

Yang is one of many contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination and faces an uphill battle in the primary.

He is facing candidates with a much higher profile and whose campaigns are heavily funded, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas).

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