To qualify for the Dec. 19 debate, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) requires candidates to reach at least 4% in four approved polls, which could be national or single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada (aka “Four-Poll Threshold”).
Alternatively, candidates must gain at least 6% in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada (aka “Early State Polling Threshold”).
The DNC also requires candidates to meet a “Grassroots Fundraising Threshold” of at least 200,000 unique donors and a minimum of 800 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia.
Yang had long since met the 200,000-unique donor requirement.
Yang is the seventh candidate to qualify for the debate, joining — in alphabetical order — former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire investor Tom Steyer, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
An Asian American of Taiwanese descent, Yang is so far the only person of color to qualify for the debate.
For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th “debate” — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls. I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Yang drew further support after the latest Democratic presidential debate hosted by MSNBC, where he had to wait for 32 minutes before getting the chance to speak for six minutes and 43 seconds, the least amount of time for all 10 candidates present.
“Was asked to appear on MSNBC this weekend — and told them that I’d be happy to after they apologize on-air, discuss and include our campaign consistent with our polling, and allow surrogates from our campaign as they do other candidates’,” Yang wrote. “They think we need them. We don’t.”
The Dec. 19 debate will be co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico.
“We are going to do something unprecedented on the debate stage next week, and that is show up as the lone person of color,” Yang told reporters in Iowa, according to Politico. “I’m excited to make the debate stage, not surprised. We’ve been showing consistent growth throughout.”
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