Marianne Williamson announced on Saturday that her bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 2024 has officially begun. She suggested the party should move on from President Biden, The Hill reports.
In an interview with Medill last week, Marianne Williamson, who had earlier run as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, announced her intention to run. In the course of a planned event at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, she made her formal declaration.
“I, as of today, am a candidate for the office of president of the United States,” Williamson said.
The self-help writer has come forward as the first Democrat to formally challenge Vice President Biden. Although Biden hasn’t yet disclosed his intentions for the 2024 elections, his reelection campaign is expected to get underway next month.
Williamson recently said during an appearance on “Good Morning New Hampshire” that Democratic supporters should respect Biden’s achievements while also wanting a new leader.
“You can appreciate what the president has done, defeating the Republicans in 2020, and still feel that it is time to move on,” she said.
Although she was an unlikely candidate to win the Democratic nomination in 2020, it seems that her chances this time around are also slim. During her previous campaign, she faced difficulties in raising funds and had to let go of her campaign staff and suspend her campaign before the Iowa caucus, the first contest of the Democratic nominating process.
“Since the election of 2016 it’s odd for anyone to think they can know who can win the presidency,” Williamson stated. “And I’m not putting myself through this again just to add to the conversation. I’m running for president to help bring an aberrational chapter of our history to a close, and to help bring forth a new beginning.”