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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 TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban 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 HarrisSenate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote Earth Day 2021: New directions for US climate policy rhetoric Biden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality MORE (Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left MORE (N.Y.) are among the Democrats who have either announced they are running in 2020 or formed exploratory committees.