Yang qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday 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 BidenThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE; Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Biden looks to shore up lead in SC MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Warren calls for changes to presidential pardon power, pledges to create clemency board MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win Bloomberg outspends field in Facebook ads ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Minn.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Delegate count unchanged after Iowa caucus recount completed 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 GabbardSteyer releases African American policy ahead of South Carolina primary Biden leads by 18 points in South Carolina: poll Buttigieg notes diversity on debate stage: We're '7 white people talking about racial justice' MORE (D-Hawaii), has also met the 130,000-donor requirement, but needs at least three more polls to qualify.