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 TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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 HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks Overnight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response MORE (Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBiden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw MORE (N.Y.) are among the Democrats who have either announced they are running in 2020 or formed exploratory committees.