Meet the son of immigrants who wants to be president of the US
2018-03-14 09:10:00

Andrew Yang is a first generation born American entrepreneur and author who will seek the Democratic Party nomination in 2020.

“One of the things I’m very confident about is most Americans are hungry for new solutions that will improve their lives,” he told CGTN Digital referring to his campaign.

Yang is presenting himself as the candidate ready to address automation’s impact on the US.

“I started digging into solutions and I asked around, ‘hey who is going to be proposing these solutions?’ And I heard nobody...That’s terrifying,” he said. “By my estimation, we don’t have that much time.”

Automation nation

Yang said that automation will continue to eliminate thousands of jobs for many of the less skilled American workers.

Andrew Yang, is a New York businessman who wants to be the Democrats' next presidential candidate, believes that automation is the reason Donal Trump won his election. / Andrew Yang Campaign

He even blamed automation for the current president’s win.

“The more I dug into it, the more I concluded that Donald Trump is president today because we’ve automated away so many jobs particularly in the manufacturing sector.

The Ivy-leagued educated lawyer turned businessman wants to tax companies benefiting most from automation and offer every American adult between the ages of 18 and 64 1,000 US dollars a month, no strings attached.

“UBI is a great transition step because it will help people move into their new opportunities,” Yang said.

Ordinary aspirations

The former tech executive started Venture for America, a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs launch companies and create jobs across the country.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram