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2020 Democrat Andrew Yang thinks the key to his success is standing next to Joe Biden at debates

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is making a name for herself in the 2020 campaign by cranking out policies. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), meanwhile, are hoping you know their names already.

But lower-tier candidate Andrew Yang? He knows he has "approximately an 8 percent chance of standing next to Joe Biden" at any one of the Democratic primary debates, and he thinks that's how he'll get American voters to notice him, the tech entrepreneur tells Politico.

Yang is just one of 23 Democrats aiming for the presidential nomination, and has qualified for the first DNC debate both by securing one percent showings in three polls and by earning donations from 65,000 people. But if you still haven't heard of him, well, Yang is okay with that. After all, his "ideal" strategy at this point is to score a spot next to Biden at the debates "so the country can Google 'who's the Asian man next to Joe Biden' and then they will discover Andrew Yang," he told Politico.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), meanwhile, is more concerned that the person she's standing next to is "maybe going to be really tall," as she told reporters recently. Read about the other 2020 Democrats' debate playbooks at Politico.