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.

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