Andrew Yang failed in his campaigns for President of the United States and for mayor of New York, but that did not stop him from trying to disrupt the political status quo with a new party, which he named ” Forward “. This time, the candidate known to have evangelized the Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is championing ideas like open primaries and rank voting (which, by the way, was the voting system used in the race for the election. town hall he lost). But critics are skeptical of the need to work outside the two-party system to achieve these goals.
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In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Yang if the new party is a gimmick for selling books or a real solution to political polarization. She urges him to think about his campaign for mayor, and they wonder if the lack of experience in government is an asset or a handicap. Additionally, we get an update on the Yang Gang.
(A full transcript of the episode will be available at noon on the Times website.)
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“Sway” is produced by Nayeema Raza, Blakeney Schick, Matt Kwong, Daphne Chen and Caitlin O’Keefe, and edited by Nayeema Raza; fact-checking by Kate Sinclair; music and sound design by Isaac Jones; mixing of Carole Sabouraud and Sonia Herrero; audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Special thanks to Kristin Lin and Liriel Higa.