Andrew Yang takes a break from New Hampshire campaigning to talk the NBA, surviving his lonely high school years, rejecting identity politics, and raising a special needs child

Andrew Yang New Hampshire January 2020

A year ago, Andrew Yang was a successful entrepreneur, living a comfortable and largely anonymous life with a loving family. Now he lives on the road because he wants to be president.
Insider recently followed Yang as he campaigned through New Hampshire, the site of the first presidential primary next month.
New Hampshireites love being courted by presidential hopefuls every four years, and as we saw, they’re not shy about bluntly confronting candidates in public with serious concerns.
Yang talked about how he dealt with being a lonely, bullied high school kid, why he misses the hardscrabble role players in the NBA, and why he rejects using identity politics as a campaign strategy.
He also spoke openly about being the father of an autistic child, and what he looks forward to when he gets a rare break from the grind of the campaign trail.
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A year ago, Andrew Yang was a successful entrepreneur, the author of two books, living a comfortable and largely anonymous life. He was a 44-year-old happily married father of two living in Manhattan, with most weekends and summer months spent with his family in a country home about 90 minutes north of the city.

Now he’s 45 and he lives on the road, amid the isolation that comes from shaking hundreds of hands a day, away from his loving family, because he wants to be president.

Grinding in the Granite State

Life on the campaign trail is a grind. The unmooring of daily stability. The unfamiliar beds, high-calorie meals, and lack of any privacy whatsoever. But it’s in New Hampshire, a month before the primary, that the grind becomes a maw — it swallows you whole.

You’re ping-pinging around the icy roads of the Granite State, where in January the sun rarely pierces the low, gray blanket of sky.

You’re squeezing in media interviews and slogging through mid-day debate prep cram sessions on the slim chance you’ll reach the required polling threshold and make it back to the nationally televised stage.

You’re giving the same speech at up to six events a day to voters who take pride in being courted every four years by presidential candidates.

But Yang’s not complaining, because he won’t even entertain the idea of what he’d do in the event he does not win the Democratic nomination, and later, the presidency.

Over a hearty two-plate diner breakfast that included a stack of pancakes covered in what looked like the innards of an apple pie and cream, Yang told me, “After I’m president I’m going to get on a bit of an [exercise] regimen.” He’d be a morning workout guy, because he doesn’t like to shower twice a day. “That seems excessive,” he says.

“Random Man” gets a gang

In June 2019, Washington Post magazine profiled Yang under the headline, “Random Man Runs for President.”

Tough, but fair. Then, as now, Yang had almost no chance of becoming the nominee.

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