Meghan McCain praises Yang for starting conversation on automation: 'It's incredibly impressive'

Meghan McCain praises Yang for starting conversation on automation: 'It's incredibly impressive'
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“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainWell-wishes pour in across media for Chris Cuomo after coronavirus diagnosis Clay Aiken podcast looks for political balance Meghan McCain announces pregnancy, plans to telecommute to 'The View' MORE praised entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE for introducing the topic of mass automation during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio.

“This conversation about automation is all because of @AndrewYang - for a guy with absolutely no political background it's incredibly impressive,” McCain tweeted.

Yang and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.) sparred on the topic of automation and its effect on the U.S. job market in the debate.

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Warren said that blaming automation for job losses is a “good story,” but “the data show that we have a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principle reason has been bad trade policy.”

Yang responded by saying that automation is having a negative effect on jobs.

“Sen. Warren, I’ve been talking to Americans around the country about automation, and they’re smart,” Yang responded.

“They see what’s happening around them, their main street stores are closing, they see a self-serve kiosk in every McDonald’s, every grocery store, every CVS,” he said.

Yang went on to note that 3.5 million truck drivers stood to lose their jobs due to automation in the form of self-driving vehicles.