"We, the American people, need an uprising of conscience ..." ~ Marianne Williamson
... Williamson called for taking money out of politics, adding compassion to the economy, investing in education and fighting climate change.
She also said she supported reparations to black Americans for slavery. She proposed a plan to pay $100 billion in reparations over 10 years, which would be spent by leaders in the African-American community.
"It is time for this generation to take the next step in racial reconciliation," she said. "It’s time to go beyond small and random acts of kindness."
Nancy Plagman, who has read Williamson's books and attended her previous events, said Williamson's empathy is what draws her to Williamson as a candidate.
"She could bring us back to a civil approach to society, to our government," Plagman said. "Her caring and her loving and her kindness will hopefully be put into policies as president."
This isn't Williamson's first foray into politics. Williamson ran for Congress in California's 33rd Congressional District in 2014, losing to now-Rep. Ted Lieu in a 16 candidate race.
When answering questions from the audience, Williamson was asked about her lack of political experience. She alluded to the fact President Donald Trump did not hold public office before he was elected. Her experience in motivational speaking and writing made her a better fit for the position, she said.
"It is primarily a role of moral leadership," Williamson said.
Blurb from the Des Moines Register