Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition

Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition
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Entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE said in an interview that aired Sunday that he hopes to stand next to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE in order to boost his name recognition. 

When asked by CNN's "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter why he wants to stand next to Biden on stage, Yang responded, "His name recognition is sky-high, and mine is the opposite of sky-high." 

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"If you have me next to Joe Biden, then it's going to hopefully change that dynamic and make it so that many Americans are Googling the Asian man next to Joe Biden," he added.  "Because I'm sure I would have the same reaction. And most Americans are just tuning in to the 2020 election. Most people have not heard of the majority of candidates.”

Yang said in the interview that his goal to stand out in the debates is to let the voters get to know him. 

"The goal is really just to introduce myself, my vision for the country, and let people know that the reason why Trump is our president is that we automated away four million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,"  he said. 

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. He will appear on the same night as Biden, the Democratic National Committee announced last week.