Andrew Yang is a 44-year-old American Entrepreneur from the state of New York. He announced his official run for the 2020 presidential election November 6th, 2017 as a Democrat. He founded the non-profit Venture for America, a group dedicated to helping graduated college students learn entrepreneurial skills.
We can only speculate Andrew Yang’s voter base at this moment in time. However, once it firms up we can provide more insight into the exact voter base this candidate is appealing to:
Of the potential candidates for the 2020 Election, sportsbooks betting odds indicate that Andrew Yang is a long shot to become the candidate to directly oppose presidential incumbent Trump in 2020. We should keep in mind however that like Yang, Trump came in as a businessman with long shot odds stacked against him. Trump showed us that things can change on a dime when it comes to Presidential Elections.
The odds for Yang to win the Democratic nomination have not yet been posted. However, upon their initial release, we do not expect his odds for becoming the party nominee to vary greatly from the current unfavorable odds for him to win the presidency.
Andrew Yang is considered an underdog to Trump and has the worst odds among other Democratic candidates to directly face Trump in the 2020 Election. If we rely solely on the odds, many people would count him out. However, if we consider trends from the last election and remember that everyone counted Trump out as well, we’d do well to not write Yang off just yet.
Andrew Yang’s Presidential campaign position relies on three main policies: Universal Basic Income (UBI), Medicare For All, and Human-Centered Capitalism. Yang’s online campaign site proceeds to detail how he will accomplish these policy goals, as well as, address his take on a number of issues such as the Opioid Crisis, LGBTQ Rights, Paid Family Leave, Gun Safety, and much more. Several online news outlets have gravitated to following and covering Yang’s UBI idea which he says will stimulate the economy, increase consumer spending power, and protect American jobs from automation.
Andrew Yang’s career background as an entrepreneur rather than a politician means that Yang has not had the chance to vote on any legislative policies considered in the past. Therefore, there is no information to include under previous policies for Andrew Yang.
Yang first began building his career during the dotcom era after graduating Law School. In 1999, Yang started working as a Corporate Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. In 2000, he left the firm to launch his first start-up Stargiving.com.
Stargiving.com folded in 2001 so Yang joined as Vice President to MMF Systems, a healthcare software startup. In 2005, Yang left MMF Systems and joined his friend at Manhattan Prep a small test preparation company. A year later, his friend at Manhattan Prep Zeke Vanderhoek asked Yang to take over as CEO – to which after massive growth was acquired by Kaplan, Inc. in 2009 and Yang served as company President until 2012.
In 2011, Yang was already building his next idea, a non-profit known still today as Venture for America. The success of Venture for America landed him an appointment to public office in 2015 as a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). Yang stepped down as CEO of Ventures for America in 2017.
Yang has also authored several books including Smart People Should Build Things, and The War on Normal People.
Yang attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Afterward, Yang attended the Columbia Law School in New York City where in 1999 he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.).
Yang’s most notable and public community work has to be through the initiatives pushed by Ventures for America, a non-profit providing real-world entrepreneurial experience to recent graduates. Those initiatives were publicized and amplified through being a part of the Obama-era PAGE group which allowed Yang’s business to extend to its entrepreneurial learning skills across the global. In this hope, numerous global would-be entrepreneurs are armed with the knowledge and skills to create and pursue their own business ventures.
Andrew Yang has not provided any public comment about his stance on gambling, whether domestic brick and mortar expansion or for online gambling pursuit. In fact, out of all the policies and issues listed on his campaign site, not one mentions gaming or gambling. Perhaps Yang is worried an early stance may alienate potential supporters.
We will keep track of this candidate’s comments to update this section as the Presidential race develops.