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Andrew Yang to kick off NYC mayoral bid, with push for universal basic income

Added 01-14-21 10:29:02am EST - “Former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang on Thursday will launch his New York City mayoral campaign -- hoping to replace outgoing Bill de Blasio with an audacious pitch for a universal basic income as a headline policy.” - Foxnews.com

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Former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang on Thursday will launch his New York City mayoral campaign -- hoping to replace outgoing Bill de Blasio with an audacious pitch for a universal basic income as a headline policy.

Yang will speak in Morningside Heights on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after announcing his campaign on Wednesday evening. In a campaign video, he made a nod toward policies similar to those that characterized his longshot 2020 presidential bid.

"Seeing my city the way it is now breaks my heart," Yang said. "We need to realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a guaranteed minimum income and get cash into the hands of people who need it most. We’ll bring New York City into the 21st century by getting everyone high-speed internet so our kids can learn. We’ll take back control of our subway."

Yang could stake out a relatively moderate candidacy in a field of left-wing Democratic hopefuls. He is widely seen as an early frontrunner and has been surrounded by speculation and interest since he filed paperwork last month.

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