UPDATED 5:40 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has pledged to “carry the torch” following Andrew Yang’s withdrawal from the 2020 presidential race. On Wednesday, Gabbard bid Yang farewell and said she has enjoyed getting to know him.
The lawmaker also mentioned she will continue to push Yang’s key proposal of universal basic income. She added that it will encourage job growth and productivity in the United States.
“I’ll continue to carry this torch of universal basic income that will reinvigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap, and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity,” stated Gabbard.
I'll continue to carry this torch of Universal Basic Income that will re-invigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity. (2/3)
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) February 12, 2020
Gabbard finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary with more than three percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, Andrew Yang is saying Americans haven’t seen the last of him just yet.
We’ll be back.
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) February 12, 2020
On Wednesday, the former candidate suggested he is eyeing executive political roles following the suspension of his presidential campaign.
The businessman also claimed he is open to serving as vice president or a member of the potentially Democrat-led administration. While he has yet to endorse a candidate, he previously said he has one condition for his support.
“If anybody wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income,” said Yang. “Say every American should get $1,000 a month, and I will be there on the campaign trail the next day.”