Author Marianne Williamson running for 2020 Dem nomination

Author Marianne Williamson running for 2020 Dem nomination
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Author and activist Marianne Williamson has announced a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, joining a crowded field of candidates.

Williamson, who launched her campaign at an event in Los Angeles late Monday, called on voters to have a "meaningful conversation" about potential political solutions and described the current national discourse as "shallow."

"I want to engage voters in a more meaningful conversation about America," she said in a statement.

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"About our history, about how each of us fit into it, and how to create a sustainable future," she continued. "Our national challenges are deep, but our political conversation is shallow. My campaign is for people who want to dig deeper into the questions we face as a nation, and deeper into finding the answers."

Williamson, who wrote the 1992 best-seller "A Return To Love," did not directly address President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE in her first video advertisement on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying her campaign was about more than "defeating a candidate here or defeating a candidate there."

"They have so many lined up behind any that we might defeat. In order to override the real assaults ... we need to do more than fight," she said.

campaign website, launched for Williamson when she announced her exploratory committee last year, does not yet list policy issues the author plans to support.

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Obama reveals his summer playlist Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (N.Y.) are among the Democrats who have either announced they are running in 2020 or formed exploratory committees.