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Former presidential contender Yang enters New York mayor race

Champion of universal income seeks 'second-hardest job in world'

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks at an event announcing his candidacy for New York City Mayor in upper Manhattan in New York City.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Andrew Yang will run for mayor of New York in the upcoming election, the former Democratic presidential candidate said, making universal basic income a top issue just as he did when he created a buzz on the national stage.

"The inhumane economy that we have all been struggling to survive in has become more punishing during the pandemic... And New York City has become the front line of our nation's struggles," Yang said during a livestream on Twitter to announce his candidacy Wednesday night, which was also the day he turned 46.

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