Andrew Yang promotes Forward Party
Andrew Yang is in town to be at an ASU event to promote the Forward Party, which is “fighting for the American people with practical, common-sense solutions.”
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, non-profit leader, former 2020 presidential candidate, and founder of the Forward Party. After working as a lawyer and executive at several early-stage technology companies, Andrew eventually became CEO of an education company that became #1 in the country.
He has now started his own political party called “The Forward Party” — a phrase lifted from the last chapter of his new book called: “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.”
What is the Forward Party?
“It is a unifying, positive third-party movement to restore the connection between us and our communities and the people who are supposed to represent us. Right now, about half of Americans say they’re independence, about 62% want a new party,” said Yang.
“We keep being told we can’t have one; we’re building one right now to try and make it so that our government works for us again,” he explained.
Does the political system feel stuck?
“A lot of people aren’t that pumped about either of the options that are being presented, so many Americans feel like they are voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s about who makes you cringe less as opposed to who you are excited about,” said Yang.
“I know Arizona has had very tight elections and that’s reflected around the country. What we have to do is actually give people a choice they are excited about, based upon things you want to see in your community,” he explained.
What would the Forward Party do differently?
“One of the things we want to do is set up a voting mechanism where you have to get 51% of people excited about you through something called Right Choice Voting, which just won in Nevada on a ballot initiative,” said Yang.
“Even if you don’t agree with someone you still want to incorporate their issues in to your platform to try and win a general election,” he said.