Yang qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangMary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad Ocasio-Cortez endorses Maya Wiley in NYC mayoral race NYC mayoral candidate hit with second allegation of sexual misconduct 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.

“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 BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE; Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin MORE (D-Minn.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican 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 GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii), has also met the 130,000-donor requirement, but needs at least three more polls to qualify.