Created: January 21, 2020 10:38 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Andrew Yang began his town hall in Mason City not with a speech but with a piano recital.
And while his visit started on a light note filled with cheers and laughter, it quickly got serious.
Yang stressed the need to tax tech giants like Amazon and to fight the automation of jobs. He also discussed the importance of cutting back drug prices and bringing more resources to rural hospitals.
"Iowans have seen their towns transform over the last number of years," Yang said. "We have to turn this around so that people in Iowa and rural communities around the country feel like they have a secure path forward."
Voters raised concerns over his economic proposals like providing American adults $1,000 a month.
"That just really got me enthused. Why isn't this guy the choice? Why isn't he number one?," said Iowa voter Mary Farus.
Farus felt skeptical at first but after reading his plans, she hasn't looked back.
"In my book, he's the only candidate out there talking about the real issues, I mean, where the economy really is going to be in a few years, and about the future," Farus said.
Susan Bangert, another Iowa voter, raised concerns about the wealth gap and the climate.
"I think we have wonderful choices, however, it's the one that can beat Trump," Bangert said.
And while Yang is trailing behind some of his Democratic rivals in the polls, he wants Iowa voters to know they deserve better.
"We need to rewrite the rules of the 21st-century economy so that they're actually excited about the future that we're leaving for our kids," Yang said.
Yang is on a 17-day bus tour across Iowa. Yang did not qualify in the recent Democratic presidential debate.
The Iowa caucuses start Feb. 3.
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