We now know the answer to the question: What’s next for former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang? He debuted Wednesday night as CNN’s newest political commentator.
After the debate between Democratic Presidential hopefuls in Las Vegas, Yang joined a panel of talking heads analyzing his former rivals’ performances.
He seemed at ease and ironically, he had more airtime than he received in any of the seven debates he took part in. He has the fewest amount of airtime compared to the other candidates because he simply answered the moderators’ questions and didn’t use the opportunity to expand on other topics to hog more screen time.
Yang, an entrepreneur whose long-shot candidacy burst into the mainstream with the help of a loyal online following, dropped out of the race last Tuesday after failing to earn delegates in the first two nominating contests of the 2020 Democratic primary.
Wednesday morning, CNN made the official announcement.
“I’m excited to join CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates’ experiences,” Yang wrote in a tweet Wednesday after the network announced the new relationship. “Learned a lot these past months and am glad to contribute to the public discussion.”
He opined that Sen. Elizabeth Warren had the strongest night among the six candidates on stage. Warren was most aggressive against billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg reminding the audience of the allegations of misconduct against women and the controversial “stop and frisk” policy that he endorsed as mayor.
Speculation about Yang’s future plans still swirled around the entrepreneur whose prolonged campaign surprised and impressed the political establishment. He said he is open to any position with the incoming Democratic president and would accept an invitation to become vice president. There also were rumors that he would be run for New York City mayor.
“Andrew Yang and his bold vision for the country are not going anywhere,” said Zach Graumman, Yang’s campaign manager.
“Maybe I’ll wear a tie…” Yang mused on Twitter prior to his CNN debut. Instead, he showed up with his signature look — tieless.
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