Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced he will give away $1,000 a month for a year to 10 families in his introduction at Thursday night's debate hosted by ABC News.
Yang's proposal garnered audible laughter from Sen. Kamala Harris and other Democratic primary opponents.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: Entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
ANDREW YANG, CANDIDATE: In America today, everything revolves around the almighty dollar. Our schools, our hospitals, our media, even our government. It's why we don't trust our institutions anymore. We have to get our country working for us again instead of the other way around. We have to see ourselves as the owners and shareholders of this democracy rather than inputs into a giant machine.
When you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens? The politician spends the money on TV ads and consultants, and you hope it works out. It's time to trust ourselves more than our politicians. That's why I'm going to do something unprecedented tonight. My campaign will now give a freedom dividend of $1000 a month for an entire year to 10 American families, someone watching this at home right now. If you believe that you can solve your own problems better than any politician, go to yang2020.com and tell us how $1000 a month will help you do just that.
This is how we will get our country working for us again, the American people.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
PETE BUTTIGIEG, CANDIDATE: That's original. I'll give you that. The American people are divided and doubtful at the very moment we need to rise to some.