Yang 'disappointed' Weather Channel excluded him from climate change special

Yang 'disappointed' Weather Channel excluded him from climate change special
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangSaagar Enjeti: Yang's plan to regulate big tech misses the mark Election 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Saagar Enjeti: Breaking down Andrew Yang's leadership on tech MORE reportedly said Monday that he is “disappointed” that the Weather Channel didn’t invite him to take part in a bipartisan climate change special set to air next month.

While the Nov. 7 special will feature several other 2020 Democratic hopefuls — including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left What are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? MORE (Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left What are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Health Care: Warren promises gradual move to 'Medicare for All' | Rivals dismiss Warren plan for first 100 days | White House unveils rules on disclosing hospital prices | Planned Parenthood wins case against anti-abortion group Election 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream MORE (N.J.) as well as former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states Hill editor-in-chief: Buttigieg could benefit if impeachment reaches Senate Trump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month MORE (D) — Yang won’t be among the group participating, the Washington Examiner reports.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE and three GOP challengers — former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire MORE, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE and former Illinois Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire Mark Sanford exits GOP presidential primary MORE — were also invited to take part in the special.

"Andrew Yang has released an extensive and detailed plan to combat climate change and we're disappointed that the Weather Channel didn't reach out to let their viewers hear about it, especially given his place in the polls and fundraising," Zach Graumann, Yang's campaign manager, told the  Examiner in a statement.

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He added that Yang "is focused on real solutions for the American people, and as we've seen in the past week, whether it's at the debate or the 10-hour Q&A he conducted on Friday, the American people want to hear what Andrew Yang has to offer. The media needs to learn from the mistakes of 2016 and get it right this cycle."

In a statement to the Examiner, the Weather Channel said it couldn’t interview Yang “in the interest of time.”

"The Weather Channel decided to choose the top seven Democrats in the polls, in accordance with the [Democratic National Committee] criteria to qualify for the third debate,” the Weather Channel said, adding that at the time of the network’s production deadlines, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharElection 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day MORE (D-Minn.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Yang were not in the top seven among Democratic hopefuls.

“As this is a bipartisan special, the network invited the three Republican challengers and President Trump. We are encouraged that many of the candidates have plans to address our changing climate and hope to have other opportunities for viewers to hear their thinking ahead of Election Day,” the Weather Channel added.

Trump declined to participate in the event, and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left MORE (D), who remains a Democratic front-runner, is unable to participate due to a scheduling issue.

Yang released a climate plan in August that focuses on private sector investment and nuclear power to achieve his goal of a “fully green” economy by 2049. His plan largely differs from those of other Democratic candidates due to its heavy reliance on clean nuclear energy.