Buttigieg to Yang: 'It's original, I'll give you that'

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE (D) on Thursday responded to Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE's pilot plan for his universal basic income proposal at Thursday's Democratic debate, quipping that it was "original."

"It's original, I'll give you that," Buttigieg said after Yang announced at the beginning of the Democratic debate in Houston that his campaign would use its funds donated by supporters to establish the Freedom Dividend pilot program. 




Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump Biden town hall draws 3.3 million viewers for CNN MORE (D-Calif.) was heard chuckling after Yang announced the plan, and Buttigieg went on to make his opening statement on the heels of applause for Yang's plan. 

Yang's plan would fund 10 so-called Freedom Dividends, which would provide a basic income of $1,000 per month that would go out to 10 American families for an entire year. 

"If you believe that you can solve your problems better than any politician, go to Yang2020.com and tell us how $1,000 a month will help you do that just that," Yang said. "This how we will get out country working for us again, the American people."  

The entrepreneur's campaign teased the plan on Wednesday, saying Yang would do something "big" and "unprecedented" while on the debate stage Thursday. 

The announcement comes as Yang has been garnering more attention in recent weeks, resulting in higher poll numbers.