Who is 2024 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson?

Oprah's one-time spiritual adviser is hoping to usurp Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee

Marianne Williamson.
The candidate is calling for universal health care, maternal and paternal leave, free tuition to public colleges, and more
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After spending decades writing self-help books, starting nonprofits dedicated to building peace, and serving as a self-described "spiritual thought leader," Marianne Williamson has pivoted to politics.

The 71-year-old is a two-time Democratic presidential candidate who first ran in 2020 and has now joined the 2024 race. When she announced her second long-shot bid in March 2023, Williamson said an outsider like her needed to participate in politics because "the status quo ... will not disrupt itself." She also vowed to end "a sociopathic economic system that in policy after policy after policy makes sure that those who already have will probably get more and those who do not have will have a hard time even surviving."

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