Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang visits Peterborough

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, left, talks with Mike Jackman on Tuesday at Post and Beam Brewing. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang discusses his campaign platform during Jackman Radio’s Politics and Pints series at Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped by Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough on Tuesday evening to be interviewed by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman for the Politics and Pints segment of their Jackman Radio podcast. Feb. 5, 2019. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/6/2019 6:24:15 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stopped in Peterborough on Tuesday, opening the door to the 2020 presidential election season for the Monadnock Region.

Yang, a New York entrepreneur, has centered much of his campaign on a desire to implement a universal basic income, or “freedom dividend,” which would give every American adult $1,000 a month, no strings attached.

“There’s nothing more concrete we can do than put $1,000 a month into the hands of every adult in New Hampshire,” Yang said, in a one-on-one interview with the Ledger-Transcript. “We all know that money would go right back into the New Hampshire economy for things like car repair and tutoring services and nights out for you and the family. And that money would circulate over and over again in the New Hampshire economy.”

Universal basic income would be funded through the consolidation of some welfare programs and the implementation of a value-added tax, which is a tax on the production of goods and services that a business produces, according to Yang’s website. 

Yang stopped in Peterborough between visits in Keene and Raymond to talk with Peterborough Democrats and to appear on the Jackman Radio podcast – run by Peterborough twins Eric and Mike Jackman – to kick off their new Politics and Pints series, where the Jackmans will interview presidential candidates at Post and Beam Brewing ahead of the 2020 state primary. 

“When I come back, the air always smells familiar,” said Yang, who graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1992 after spending junior and senior year there. “I certainly feel a kinship to New Hampshire, if only for the fact that there’s a level of toughness that naturally accrues with someone who goes through winters here.”

NPR reported last week that nine candidates including Yang have already thrown their hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination, with more than a dozen people still mulling a run.

Yang said his campaign stands apart from his competition as he is focused on “humanity first.”

“The thing that’s getting people excited about me relative to other campaigns is that my solutions would directly impact the day-to-day lives of working Americans,” Yang said. “We need to drive our economy in ways that that would benefit us, the owners and citizens of this country. Humanity First is about that idea. It’s not that the people serve the economy, it’s that the economy serves the people.”

In 2018, Yang published a book titled “The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future,” which takes a look at how automation and new technologies are eliminating millions of jobs in the United States.

“What sets me apart is that my plan would actually solve the problems on the ground and doesn’t rely on symbolism and measures that appeal to people, but may or may not improve their day to day lives,” Yang said.

Outside of universal basic income, Yang said he also supports human-centered capitalism, Medicare for all, banning robo-calling, paying NCAA athletes, and installing a psychologist at the White House to monitor the mental health of staff.

Yang said he has 79 different policies listed on his website.

“There are many, many problems in this country that are just getting bigger and bigger and we have given up on our government as a means of solving these problems,” Yang said. “For better or for worse, this is the only government we have and it’s just about the only way we are going to help manage this historical period to see to it that we don’t leave a wreck of a country for our kids.”

Looking at New Hampshire specifically, Yang said there needs to be a greater focus on creating more opportunities to keep people within the state – a problem many other areas of the nation are also facing.

“One of the central struggles here in New Hampshire is that it’s an aging state, and people often feel that they have to leave the state if they want to access opportunities that will afford them more professional growth and financial return,” Yang said. “If you are in New Hampshire, you know you need to create more paths that will keep young people here building families and starting businesses and seeing that they have a long term future here… My platform is really designed to reverse these trends and make it so young people and older people here in New Hampshire don’t feel that they have to go anywhere.”


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