Yang qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Private flight spending soars in Democratic presidential race MORE on Thursday qualified for the third and fourth Democratic presidential debates this fall after a new poll showed him notching 2 percent support among Iowa voters.

Yang had already met the 130,000-donor threshold set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and scored at least 2 percent in three DNC-approved polls. But a Monmouth University survey of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa released on Thursday gave him a fourth qualifying poll, making him the ninth candidate to make the debate stage next month.

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“I said in the last debate that American politics had turned into a reality show that produced a reality show president," Yang said. "Solutions don’t come in 30 second sound bites and the American people are tired of leadership condensed into 280 characters."
 
"The country heard my message and is ready to talk about real solutions to gun violence, the new realities of the American economy, and how we measure our health and success as a nation. I’m excited to have those conversations in Houston and throughout the 2020 election."

Yang’s campaign had previously announced that he had qualified for the fall debates. But the DNC had said that two of the polls — one from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal and another from NBC News and SurveyMonkey — would only count as one, because they had the same sponsor.

Eight other candidates have qualified for the third debate so far: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE; Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Former public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden struggles to reverse fall Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-Minn.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE; and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Candidates have until Aug. 28 to qualify for the third Democratic debate on Sept. 12. Few other candidates are close to meeting the participation requirements, including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who has met the donor requirement but needs to score at least 2 percent in one more poll. 

Another 2020 hopeful, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Clinton suggests Russia grooming Gabbard to run as third-party 2020 candidate MORE (D-Hawaii), has also met the 130,000-donor requirement, but needs at least three more polls to qualify.