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Yang: NYC should implement universal basic income

Yang: NYC should implement universal basic income
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Former presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MORE said Thursday that he thinks New York City should implement a universal basic income. 

The entrepreneur was asked in his "exit interview" in The New York Times whether he thought enacting the central policy from his campaign in the city would be a good idea.  

“I think New York City should do a large-scale universal basic income. To me, that seems obvious,” he said. 

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The Times interviewed Yang following the suspension of his campaign shortly after the New Hampshire primary results were revealed. The previously unknown candidate excited his base, or the "Yang gang," with the idea of providing universal basic income of $1,000 per month to everyone. 

The former presidential candidate has said he would endorse any candidate who supported universal basic income but also added he will support the Democratic nominee, saying “I don’t have any plans to endorse right now.”

The former candidate also did not rule out a possible run for mayor of New York City. When asked about the prospect, Yang said, "Certainly people have been reaching out with various questions about the future, which is invigorating. We’re looking at different ways forward."

Yang did not receive any delegates in New Hampshire or Iowa, the first two nominating contests of the season.

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