Yang gives shout out to Booker: 'I think Cory will be back'

Yang gives shout out to Booker: 'I think Cory will be back'
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Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangBottom line American elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE addressed the diversity of the 2020 Democratic primary field, saying he was disappointed that he was the only candidate of color at Thursday’s debate.

“It's both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate on this stage tonight. I miss Kamala. I miss Cory, though I think Cory will be back,” he said, referring to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster Watch: Lawmakers, activists, family members call for voting rights legislation on MLK day MORE (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the White House race, and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (D-N.J.), who failed to qualify for Thursday’s event.

Questions about diversity in the primary field were thrust into the spotlight after Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, dropped out of the race, leaving Yang as the sole person of color to appear on the Thursday night debate stage.

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Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, another 2020 contender who failed to qualify for the debate, have railed against the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) qualifications, suggesting they inhibit candidates of color. 

Booker has remained stuck in the single digits in virtually all national and early state polls, but he has insisted he will remain in the 2020 race, maintaining that the primary field must represent the Democratic Party's base.

Yang took the opportunity to tout his policies, saying his plan to grant $1,000 a month to every American adult would help support candidates of color.

“You know what you need to donate to political campaigns? Disposable income,” he said. 

“I guarantee if we had a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month, I would not be the only candidate of color on this stage tonight.”