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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang annoyed debate overlaps with NFL game

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to social media Wednesday to question the date and time of his party’s debate this week.

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will kick off Week 2 of the NFL season on “Thursday Night Football”, beginning at 8:20 pm ET. Beginning at 8:00 pm ET, the 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Texas for what is scheduled to be a three-hour debate, which will run essentially the same length as the football game.

Yang will be among the candidates participating in the debate. He used Twitter to question why the debate will overlap with the NFL game, understanding how the ratings for NFL games often dwarf all other programming on TV.

The NFL is enormously popular in the U.S., so having the debate compete with the game could be a losing battle in an effort to reach the maximum amount of viewers. However, Yang probably just scored some points among football fans.


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