DeSantis, Biden hurricane recovery actions show how 2024 race might shape up
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang talks with supporters on Jan. 6, 2019, at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (Brian Blanco | The Associated Press)
Andrew Yang was making his case as a presidential candidate to the voters when he addressed the University of Miami campus on Jan. 6, a day after Hurricane Michael struck Florida.
“Florida is a state that’s going to be devastated by the storm,” Yang said. He then went on to highlight his work in rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, and the federal response to the deadly 2017 wildfires in California.
Yang’s message was to the audience a sharp contrast to that of Florida’s own Democratic nominee, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, who campaigned with a hurricane recovery slogan: “I’m making America whole again.”
Yang’s speech was a contrast in tone not only to the tone DeSantis took in his town hall meeting at the University of Florida, but it also reflected the message that Yang’s campaign is bringing to the 2020 presidential race.
DeSantis’s campaign has tried to downplay the parallels between his campaign and that of Yang, which started in 2011 and became a major force in the Democratic primary debate in 2016.
Yang has touted his ability to tackle issues on immigration and climate change as the reason he should be the Democratic nominee. But his message is being shaped by many of the same issues the Democratic contenders are raising — such as health care and immigration.
Yang’s campaign is also drawing on the same voters that Clinton won in 2016. The Yang campaign is focused on Asian-American voters, who are over-represented in Florida where Yang lives and which also helped elect Clinton.
Yang’s campaign has also been able to tap into a growing grassroots force, with