He had a good run for a guy with no name recognition and no immediately obvious qualifications for the job. He outlasted several Senators and Governors, some of whom started the race as party favorites. But in the end his campaign centered on Universal Basic Income couldn’t compete:
As a candidate, Yang drilled down on the dangers of automation to the U.S. economy, making appeals to workers who have lost jobs or felt left behind amid the rise of new technologies. Central to his policy platform, Yang pitched a universal basic income for all adults — a $1,000-a-month stipend he called the “freedom dividend” — as a key solution for many of the country’s most pressing problems…
By December, Yang was the only candidate of color to qualify for that month’s Democratic debate.
“It’s both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate of color on the stage tonight. The question is, why am I the lone candidate of color on this stage? Fewer than 5% of Americans donate to political campaigns,” he said, pivoting to his universal basic income proposal. “You know what you need to donate to political campaigns? Disposable income.”
The question now is whether Yang will choose to endorse one of his former rivals. He told the Post he’s not ready to do that yet but will consider it: