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Yang on Democratic convention: 'I kind of expected to speak'

Yang on Democratic convention: 'I kind of expected to speak'
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Former Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangEvelyn Yang pens children's book on sexual abuse, reveals she was sexually assaulted as a child Yang pitches plan to revive Broadway, live performances in New York Yang returns to campaign trail following kidney stone MORE reacted with disappointment Tuesday after his name was left off the official list of speakers for next week's Democratic National Convention. 

Yang said on Twitter that he "kind of expected to speak," hypothesizing that he was snubbed because he backed "too many" challengers to Democratic incumbents.

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The former technology entrepreneur ran on a platform of a universal basic income during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary before dropping out of the race in February, after the New Hampshire vote. He has since joined CNN as a political commentator.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE will officially accept the party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic convention next week.

The convention will be based out of Milwaukee, but has gone largely digital as the U.S. continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Biden plans to accept the nomination from his home state of Delaware.

The convention will feature prominent speaking roles from the Obama and Clinton families, as well as more progressive voices, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump was right about 'trying to end endless wars' Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Bernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats reintroduce bill to block US from using nuclear weapons first CEO who gave employees K minimum wage says revenue tripled 6 years later Forgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data MORE (D-Mass.). 

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who opposes President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE, will speak on the first night of the convention.

Former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants MORE are expected to speak Wednesday evening, the same night as Biden’s running mate, who has yet to be announced.