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Andrew Yang says it's a 'disappointment' to be the only candidate of color on Democratic debate stage

Democratic Presidential Candidates Participate In Last Debate Of 2019
Posted at 9:26 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 21:35:09-05

The Democratic presidential contenders are the most diverse group ever, but Andrew Yang was the only candidate of color on the debate stage Thursday night.

Sen. Kamala Harris recently dropped out of the race and Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro didn't qualify for the debate.

"It's both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate of color on the stage tonight," Yang said. "I miss Kamala. I miss Cory, though I think Cory will be back."

Yang put the situation down to money: black and Latino households have, on average, smaller net worths than white households.

"These are the numbers that define race in our country. And the question is - why am I the lone candidate of color on this stage? Fewer than five percent of Americans donate to political campaigns," Yang said. "You know what you need to donate to political campaigns? Disposable income."

A key component of Yang's campaign is the “Freedom Dividend,” which would give every citizen 18 and older $1,000 each month. Yang said that would ensure more Americans could donate to the candidates they support.

Thursday night's stage was also the most male-dominated of the campaign.