Transcript of Transcript: Andrew Yang Suspends 2020 Presidential Campaign

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Now we walk down the street, bump into a friend and they say, hey, Andrew, who is your friend? And in the world of politics, that counts as progress, somebody that The Washington Post just a number of months ago wrote a story about and said random man runs for president. That's what you call starting from zero. Has been polling as high as fourth place by himself in national polls, because it turns out that when the people of this state and of this country find out what innovative and young and diverse and damn funny.

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And authentic leadership can look like with the next generation of the Democratic Party, the next generation of America can look like they get excited, too. Are you excited about that with Andrew J. I want to take a second before Andrew comes out and I want to thank a few people. First, I'm going to use the pulpit to thank my family, my wife Sandy, my daughters, Maggie and Abby. Very sweet. But hold on. And we've got to be quick because it is it takes a toll on families when people run.

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I also want to give a shout out to Andrew's family, Evelin, their two sons, amazing family. And I want to thank the team here in New Hampshire, without which the ascent of Andrew Yang could not have been possible. Our state director, Christina Snow. Other senior leadership, including Michael Anthony and Josephine on awesome leadership we had around the state, met Ben Walter Byrd, Justin Gifford's awesome team, so privileged to work with you in this New Hampshire primary campaign.

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And I will tell you, we could not have done anything without the dozens of amazing field staff around the state. Many, most of whom are here to night. Raise your hand. If you are part of this campaign, give them a round of applause. You have my eternal gratitude. And I know you have andrews' as well. In a couple of minutes that we got left, here is the challenge that we face as the campaign. For the nomination.

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It goes beyond New Hampshire. In the Democratic Party right now, there are a lot of people that think that you have to choose. You can choose one of two things. But unfortunately, in 2020, they say you cannot have both. You can choose a leader who understands the inequality that is ravaging this economy. The inequality that led to the election of Donald Trump. And we could get a leader that could rewrite the rules of the 21st century to work for all Americans.

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Would you like that leader? Then there are others who say you can't have that, but you can have the best person to beat Donald Trump. Because we got it. Who wants to beat Donald Trump? I could bring together the structure, but you can't have both, ladies and gentlemen. You can. And in this campaign, we have shown you can. That person is Andrew Yang. No, that's right. Andrew Yang, save your vocal cords, baby, because in a matter of seconds I've been privileged to introduce him so many times, sometimes for two minutes, sometimes for 40 minutes.

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You're very lucky. Tonight is not 40 minutes tonight. It is all done because your friend, my friend, New Hampshire's friend, he's walking in that door. Andrew Yang. That show. Hello, New Hampshire. Horoho. Thank you so much for being here. And I want to give a special thank you to my rock, my wife Evelin, who's been with us every step of the way. I love you and I appreciate you so much, baby.

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Thank you so much. New Hampshire and everyone who supported this campaign. Thank you for everything you've done to make this campaign possible over these past months. You all have uplifted me and inspired me and Evelin in this campaign at every turn. Your passion and energy, your donations and hundreds of thousands of hours calling, volunteering, your enthusiasm, dedication and commitment. We've accomplished so much together. We have brought a message of humanity first and a vision of an economy and society that works for us and our families to millions of our fellow Americans.

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We went from a mailing list that started with just my G-mail contact list to receiving donations from over 400000 people around the country and millions more who've supported this campaign. One of the things I'm most proud of. We gave a thousand dollars a month to 13 families around like country.

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Including Jody Farseeing right here in New Hampshire. We highlighted the real problems in our communities as our economy is being transformed before our eyes by technology and automation. Americans know now that when you go to a factory in Michigan, you do not find wall-to-wall immigrants doing work. You find wall-to-wall robot arms and machines doing the work that people used to do. We stood on the debate stage and shifted our national conversation to include the fourth industrial revolution, a topic no one wanted to touch until we made it happen.

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Here with this campaign. Our signature proposal, universal basic income, has become part of the mainstream conversation. We increase the popular support for universal basic income to 66 percent of Democrats.

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And 72 percent among voters, 18 to 34. Without a doubt, we accelerated the eradication of poverty in our society by years, even generations. And that is thanks to all of you who are here tonight. Though thousands of voters came out for our campaign tonight, tonight is not the outcome we fought so hard to achieve. It is bitterly disappointing for many of us, but it shouldn't be. Every single day I've been campaigning, I've had supporters say to me, your campaign helped me out of a depression.

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Thank you. Working on this campaign has made me a better person. I met my significant other because of you. Your campaign brought my family together. Europea campaign got me excited about politics for the first time. These are all things that people have said to me in the past days, and they are the reasons why I am so incredibly proud of this campaign and what we've accomplished together. We have touched and improved millions of lives and move this country we love so much in the right direction.

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And while there is great work left to be done, you know, I am the math guy. And it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race. I am not someone who wants to accept donations and support in a race that we will not win. And so tonight I am announcing I am suspending my campaign for president. I love you, too. Thank you so much. Thank you so much, New Hampshire.

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I love you, too. This is not an easy decision or something I made lightly with the team, endings are hard and I've always had the intention to stay in this race until the very end. But I have been persuaded that the message of this campaign will not be strengthened by my staying in this race any longer. Endings are hard. New Hampshire, but this is not an ending. This is a beginning. This is just the starting line.

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This campaign has awakened something fundamental in this country and ourselves. This movement has outlasted over a dozen senators, governors and members of Congress to become the most exciting force in this entire race. The young gang has fundamentally shifted the direction of this country and transformed our politics, and we are only continuing to grow. I'd like to thank my incredible staff and the hundreds of people who left their lives and their jobs to join and build this campaign. I know what a risk that was.

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Very few people joined this campaign because they thought it was going to be a good career move. So thank you. Thank you to my team. My goal when I first started running was to solve the problems I got Donald Trump elected. In order to do that, I will support whoever is the Democratic nominee. That said, I hope this campaign can be a message in a word of caution and guidance to my Democratic colleagues that Donald Trump is not the cause of all of our problems.

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He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years. We must cure the disease that got him elected. And in order to do that, we must address the real problems that affect our people and offer solutions to actually solve them. I stand before you tonight and say that while we did not win this election, we are just getting started. This is the beginning. This movement is the future of American politics. This movement is the future of the Democratic Party.

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This wave is just beginning and will continue to build and grow until we rewrite the rules of this economy to work for us. The people of this country. Thank you to each and every person who made this campaign possible. I love and appreciate each and every one of you. Being your candidate has been the privilege of my life. Together we will continue to do the work and move this country forward because the yan'an isn't going anywhere. We'll be back soon.

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In the meantime, though, thank you all. God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Thank you for everything. Thank you so much. Thank you.