Andrew Yang Urges Democratic National Committee to Let Fox News Host a Democratic Primary Debate

Andrew Yang urged the Democratic National Committee to hold a primary debate, reiterating an argument Sunday he's made several times that the DNC is missing a huge opportunity by not reaching out to the cable news channel's audience.

"It came up at an event here in Iowa and someone asked how we're going to bring the country together and I thought well if you're going to bring the country together you have to start by talking to all Americans, the Democratic presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. "I used the example of the DNC deciding not to have any presidential debates on Fox, which I think is a mistake."

Speaking in Iowa this past week, Yang stressed his bipartisan campaign approach and told potential Iowa voters that Democrats should be appearing on Fox News. Doubling down on his comments with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, the tech entrepreneur again stated that is a positive first step toward uniting the country.

When pressed about what the DNC's reaction to his comments were, Yang conceded he hadn't informed them ahead of time.

"I haven't had a direct conversation with the DNC but they've been touch with the people on my team," Yang said with a laugh. "But I think it's just common sense. Hopefully the DNC will adopt a different approach in the future, because we have to bring the entire country together. The problems that face us, affect all of us. And we need to come together as a country to solve them."

DNC chairman Tom Perez issued a statement in March 2019 saying Fox News was "not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates," and blocked the network from hosting any 2020 election cycle debates among the Democrat hopefuls.

Yang's message echoed his campaign slogan about being progressive rather than partisan: "Not left, not right, forward."

"So my administration will be able to draw people in from both sides of the aisle, I'm non-ideological. I'm very data-driven and solutions-oriented, and people sense that," Yang told Iowa voters last week. "One thing I think Democrats should do -- I think we should go on Fox News and talk to the American people. Because how can you win an election and bring the country together if you literally won't talk to 40 or 50 percent of the population?"

Yang is not the first Democratic hopeful to appeal to Fox News viewers in the campaign -- or the first to take heat from fellow members of the left for such a move. In April, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was criticized by some establishment Democrats for his decision to appear at a Fox News town hall. While many moderate pundits praised Sanders for the move, he was accused of lacking loyalty to the party and reminded that he is an Independent senator.

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Andrew Yang urged the DNC to hold a primary debate on Fox News, reiterating an argument Sunday he's made several times that the DNC is missing a huge opportunity by not reaching out to the cable news channel's audience. Screenshot: Fox News | Twitter
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