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Democrat 2020 candidate Andrew Yang reveals his favorite U.S. president from history (hint: it’s a Republican)

Yang said in an interview with The Hill his favorite president of all-time is a Republican

Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Andrew Yang may be running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, but his favorite president of all-time is a Republican.

Yang said in an interview with The Hill last week that his favorite president in U.S. history is Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican.

“I’m a big Teddy Roosevelt fan because he seemed very bipartisan and solutions-oriented,” Yang said.

“Breaking news, Andrew Yang is a Roosevelt (fan),” he joked in the interview with The Hill.

But apparently he’s got a personal connection.

“I’m actually his great-granddaughter’s godfather, so I feel, like, an affinity in that way,” Yang said.

President Barack Obama previously cheered Roosevelt. Back in 2011, Obama compared his federal lands protections to those of the early 1900s president, according to Roll Call.

“I have to say that Teddy Roosevelt gets the credit for starting the national parks system,” Obama said, “but when you include a big chunk of the Pacific Ocean, we now have actually done more acreage than any other president.”