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CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor

CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Dozens of famous men support ,400 monthly payments for mothers for 'unpaid labor at home' Yang intervenes after man threatened with metal pole on Staten Island Ferry MORE has joined CNN as a political commentator.

Yang "rose from obscurity to become a highly-visible candidate during the campaign, rallying a coalition of liberal Democrats, libertarians and some disaffected Republicans to form a devoted group of followers known as the Yang Gang," the network said in an announcement on Wednesday.

"Yang's campaign was defined by the candidate's happy go-lucky style. Videos of him singing in a church choir, dancing to the 'Cupid Shuffle' and crowdsurfing at events regularly went viral, helping burnish his image as a candidate just happy to be with his fans," it added.

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The 45-year-old entrepreneur suspended his presidential campaign following the New Hampshire primary last week after a surprising run that saw him outlast many higher-profile Democratic candidates, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhite House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Booker'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis It's in America's best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distribution ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent MORE (N.J.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE (Texas).

"While there is great work yet to be done, you know I am the math guy," Yang told supporters in New Hampshire. "It is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race.”

"I am not someone who wants to accept donations and support in a race we will not win," he continued.

Yang qualified for most of the Democratic debates and used the stage to outline his universal basic income platform, which he referred to as the Freedom Dividend. It called for giving American adults $1,000 a month, or $12,000 a year.