Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Tuesday that he’d like to sit down with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to explain the Freedom Dividend, the universal basic income proposal that’s the cornerstone of his campaign for the White House.
I’m very optimistic that if she understood the Freedom Dividend, she’d be excited about it," Yang told Fox News after a campaign event at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. "She’s demonstrated openness to universal basic income in the past and I think she’ll be very excited when she sees what it would mean in real life.”
The tech entrepreneur’s comments come after Ocasio-Cortez – a high profile lawmaker and a member of the so-called "Squad" of four progressive female freshman Democratic lawmakers – recently criticized universal basic income as “very regressive.”
The congresswoman – who has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the Democratic nomination – made her comments in a YouTube video first reported by the news aggregator Inquisitr.
Yang, once the longest of long-shots for the nomination, has seen his campaign soar this spring and summer thanks in large part to interest in his Freedom Dividend.