Andrew Yang in June Democratic candidates debate in Miami FL


On Foreign Policy: Russia has been hacking our democracy for years

Q: What is the greatest geopolitical threat facing the United States?

Sen. Michel BENNET (D-CO): The biggest threat to our national security right now is Russia, not China. When I see these kids [being separated from their families] at the border, I see my mom, because she was separated from her parents during the Holocaust in Poland. For Donald Trump to be doing what he's doing to children and families at the border, the president has turned the border of the United States into a symbol of nativist hostility when we should be represented by the Statue of Liberty. We need to make a change.

Andrew YANG: I just want to agree that I think Russia is our greatest geopolitical threat, because they have been hacking our democracy successfully and they've been laughing their asses off about it for the last couple of years. We should focus on that before we start worrying about other threats.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Free Trade: We need to crack down, but tariffs & trade wars are wrong

On China, they do pirate our intellectual property. It's a massive problem. But the tariffs and the trade war are just punishing businesses and producers and workers on both sides.

The beneficiaries have not been American workers or people in China. It's been Southeast Asia and other producers that have then stepped into the void. We need to crack down on Chinese malfeasance in the trade relationship, but the tariffs and the trade war are the wrong way to go.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Principles & Values: Let's build a forward coalition toward democracy

I am proof that our democracy still works. Democrats and Americans have one question, who can beat Donald Trump? The right candidate to beat Trump will be solving the problems that got Trump elected, and have a vision of a trickle-up economy that is already drawing thousands of disaffected Trump voters, conservatives, independents, and libertarians, as well as Democrats and progressives. I can build a much broader coalition to beat Donald Trump. It is not left; it is not right. It is forward.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Tax Reform: Value-added tax would generate $800B taxes & $700B GDP

Q: Your signature policy is to give every adult $1,000 a month, no questions asked. That's like $3.2 trillion a year. How would you pay for that?

YANG: You have trillion-dollar companies like Amazon paying literally zero in taxes. If we had a value-added tax at even half the European level, it would generate over $800 billion in new revenue--it would be the trickle-up economy. We would spend the money and it would circulate through our regional economies, creating millions of jobs. We'd save money on things like incarceration & homelessness services. Just the value gains from having a stronger, healthier, mentally healthier population would increase GDP by $700 billion.

Q: You are saying $1,000 a month for everyone over 18, but a VAT so you can spend that $1,000 on VAT?

YANG: You still would be increasing the buying power of the bottom 94% of Americans. You have to spend a lot of money for a mild value-added tax to eat up $12,000.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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