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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 John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize MORE (N.Y.) are among the Democrats who have either announced they are running in 2020 or formed exploratory committees.