By Will Weissert, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-help creator and religious guru Marianne Williamson on Wednesday introduced the top of her long-shot Democratic problem to President Joe Biden.
The 71-year-old onetime religious adviser to Oprah Winfrey contemplated suspending her marketing campaign final month after profitable simply 5,000 votes in New Hampshire’s main, writing that she “had to decide whether now is the time for a dignified exit or continue on our campaign journey.”
But Williamson in the end opted to proceed on for 2 extra primaries. She gained simply 2% of the vote in South Carolina and about 3% in Nevada.
“I hope future candidates will take what works for them, drinking from the well of information we prepared,” Williamson wrote in saying the top of her bid. “My team and I brought to the table some great ideas, and I will take pleasure when I see them live on in campaigns and candidates yet to be created.”
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips is the final nationally identified Democrat nonetheless working in opposition to Biden, who has scored blowout victories in South Carolina and Nevada and simply gained in New Hampshire — regardless of not being on the poll — after his allies mounted a write-in marketing campaign.
Williamson first ran for president in 2020 and made nationwide headlines by calling for a “moral uprising” in opposition to then-President Donald Trump whereas proposing the creation of the Department of Peace. She additionally argued that the federal authorities ought to pay massive monetary reparations to Black Americans as atonement for hundreds of years of slavery and discrimination.
Her second White House bid featured the identical nontraditional campaigning model and lots of the identical coverage proposals. She struggled to boost cash and was affected by employees departures from her bid’s earliest levels.
She tweaked Biden, an avid Amtrak fan, by saying her marketing campaign at Washington’s Union Station. She campaigned particularly arduous in New Hampshire, hoping to capitalize on state Democrats’ frustration with the president. That adopted a brand new plan by the Democratic National Committee, championed by Biden, that reordered the celebration’s 2024 presidential main calendar by main off with South Carolina on Feb. 3.
Williamson acknowledged from the beginning that it was unlikely she would beat Biden, however she argued in her launch speech in March that “it is our job to create a vision of justice and love that is so powerful that it will override the forces of hatred and injustice and fear.”
The DNC isn’t holding main debates, and a few states’ Democratic events, together with in North Carolina and Florida, aren’t even planning primaries to present Biden’s challengers an opportunity.
A Texas native who now lives in Beverly Hills, California, Williamson is the creator of greater than a dozen books and ran an unsuccessful impartial congressional marketing campaign in California in 2014. She ended her 2020 presidential run shortly earlier than the leadoff Iowa caucuses, saying that she didn’t need to take progressive help from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was in the end the final candidate to drop out earlier than Biden locked up the nomination.