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What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 2

Don't know who you're rooting for in tonight's debate? Here's a rundown.

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Tonight marks the second night of the July debates among Democratic candidates with last night's kicking off the second overall debates of familiar candidates like Bernie Sanders and Beto O' Rourke, as well as slightly less familiar candidates like Marianne Williamson. With candidates like Kamala Harris and Joe Biden leading the Democratic conversation, it's easy to forget that there are more people vying for the nomination alongside the 2020 Republican nominee.

To prep you for night 2, we've compiled a second list of Democratic candidates that features all of the candidates that will be debating tonight for your viewing pleasure. Similar to yesterday's list, here you will learn the names of the candidates, what they stand for, if they have a chance at the nomination, and ultimately whether or not they deserve your black vote*. Enjoy.

*Detailed explanations of "do they deserve your black vote" only goes towards candidates polling more than 5 percent from the Black Democratic Primary voter's poll.

July 31 Debate (Night 2)

Andrew Yang, Former Tech Executive Who Founded An Economic Development Nonprofit (44)

What He Said:

"Universal basic income is an old idea, but it's an old idea that right now is uniquely relevant because of what we're experiencing in society."

The Rundown:

  • Is running a long-shot campaign on a proposal to establish a universal basic income funded by the government.
  • Has drawn some media attention for highlighting tech issues like robotics and artificial intelligence.
  • Significant Issues: Establishing a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans.

Can he win the nomination? Being that he filed to run on November 6, 2017 and people still don't know who he is…it's very unlikely.

Does He Deserve Your Black Vote?

Yang has 1 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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