Speed Reads

2020 Campaign

Andrew Yang to return to debate stage in New Hampshire

Andrew Yang will soon be returning to a debate stage near you — if you live in New Hampshire.

The entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate missed out on the last debate in Iowa, but his campaign said Sunday that he's back in the game after picking up the necessary polling numbers in the latest sweep of surveys. That makes him the 7th candidate to qualify for the Feb. 7 debate in New Hampshire, joining former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, billionaire Tom Steyer, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Part of the reason Yang's return is noteworthy is because the last debate came under scrutiny for featuring six white candidates. Yang, who is Asian-American, has been outspoken about the dwindling diversity in the Democratic race and has called for ways the Democratic National Committee could fix the issue, including simply introducing more qualifying polls. Turns out, he didn't need those extra polls this time.