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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 YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful 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 HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the White House race, and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee 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.”