Andrew Yang Says Americans More Worried About Health Care, Education Than Impeaching Donald Trump

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang said no voters are asking him about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. And while he supports the process, he urged Democrats to focus on health care, child care and "forward-thinking" topics which benefit average Americans.

Yang reiterated his belief Sunday that Trump is only a symptom, and not the cause, of the problems which continue to hurt Americans in their everyday lives. The tech entrepreneur touted his "Not Left, Not Right, But Forward" campaign slogan to ABC News, saying the primary reason Trump was elected in 2016 was his capitalizing on the loss of manufacturing jobs in several Midwest swing states. Yang emphasized that the Democratic Party must ask themselves the "hard questions" of why Trump is in office, but also must put their best foot forward by touting the education and climate change issues voters really care about.

Yang said Americans are more worried about child and health care costs than they are about impeaching the president.

Andrew Yang says impeachment "strikes many Americans like a ball game where you know what the score is going to be."

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"It's clear the reason why Donald Trump is our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs that were primarily based in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa - the swing states he needed to win," Yang said Sunday on This Week.

"And what we did to those jobs we are now going to do to the retail jobs, the call center jobs, the fast food jobs and eventually the truck-driving jobs. We have to have a new way forward that works for all Americans independent of your political affiliation. These problems are technological and apply to us all," Yang continued.

Before touting his campaign's release of a new health care plan and his proposed incremental "move toward high quality universal health care," Yang addressed Trump's ongoing impeachment.

"I do support the impeachment process but voters don't ask me about impeachment. They ask me about health care and child care and education and climate change. And the fact is we need 20 Republican senators to have a change of heart or a change of mind for impeachment to be successful. This strikes many Americans like a ball game where you know what the score is going to be," Yang said.

"And the Democratic Party, unfortunately, is acting like Donald Trump is the cause of all of our problems. He's a symptom and we need to cure the underlying disease," he added.

ABC News host Jon Karl pressed Yang to explain if his reasoning is because Democrats are "too tied to the left, too ideological," while Republicans are too far to the right.

"Democrats have still not asked themselves the hard questions about why Donald Trump won in 2016. Where, if you look around the country you see 30 percent of stores and malls closing, you see record-high levels of stress and financial insecurity, student loan debt, even suicides and drug overdoses -- these are the problems that voters talk to me about when I'm out there every single day," Yang continued.

Yang repeatedly stated that he and the other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates must be focused much more on "presenting a new and positive vision that Americans can get excited about."

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Andrew Yang urged Democrats to focus on health care, child care and climate change rather than on Trump's impeachment - a process he supports. Screenshot: ABC News | Twitter