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Marianne Williamson

Running for: US President

Williamson has been described as a self-help author, spiritual advisor, and activist. She debated Biden and other Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential primary but dropped out before voters cast their ballots. She has criticized Biden and other Democratic Party leaders for policies that favor wealthy donors over working class voters – including plans to bump New Hampshire later in the presidential primary calendar. In February 2023 she confirmed she will challenge Biden.

Position on Issues

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Transitioning to an economy that keeps its focus squarely on reducing carbon emissions is not only one of the great moral challenges of our time, but it can also open a new era of US innovation based on sustainable infrastructure, responsible resource management and meeting human needs. We need to explore every option to get there. This includes putting a price on carbon to send a sustained market signal and pay for the external damage done by these fuels. Many progressives and environmentalists feel that carbon fees should be mandatory (not market-based) and dedicated to achieving further reductions emissions to drive them down faster AND to protect lower income and people of color who have the least protection against climate impacts. My Administration would be open to all these ideas.

"It is also critically important that our economy works to sequester excess carbon currently in the atmosphere, back down into the earth. We will employ every resource to restore our forests and oceans, and promote sustainable agricultural and ranching practices, among many other critical measures. We cannot afford to do anything less."


"I want to make Medicare available to everyone as an option, but not eliminate private insurance."


"Medicare provides good quality care at affordable rates, and should be available to those who want it. But millions of people like their private insurance and should be able to keep it. So the best is including Medicare as an option on the health exchanges, a public choice along with the private choices."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Another canard is that building a wall across our entire southern border is needed. In fact, unauthorized immigrants are increasingly entering the United States perfectly legally, then simply overstaying visas. No increase in border security will impact this most common route into our nation. Yes, we can invest in smart border security when it's actually needed, while also looking at underlying causes of the displacement of so many people south of our border, including our long failed war on drugs, which has created rampant crime and violence among our neighbors. A wall is expensive, impractical, and unlikely to address any of the real challenges we face."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"With the Battle of Bakhmut raging, both Russia and Ukraine are intent on winning this war. Diplomatic options are severely limited until the war begins to break one way or the other. Regardless how we got here, our only choice at this point is to either support Ukraine or to not. While the United States should do everything possible to support a negotiated settlement, our goal should also be a negotiated settlement in which Ukraine still has a chance to exist."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2023

"I would de-schedule cannabis from a Schedule One drug on my first day in office.

"Release all nonviolent drug offenders.

"Expunge their records.

"End the War on Drugs.

"Happy 4/20!"

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Eliminate the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, ban bump stocks, high-capacity magazines, and 3-D printing of firearms. Assault weapons are used as weapons of war, and should not be sold to private citizens. 74% of Americans want to raise the minimum legal age to buy any guns to 21. In accordance with the ban on these weapons and accessories, the age to purchase guns that are legal under these laws should be raised unilaterally to 21. There should not be an age discrepancy in the type of firearm an individual can buy."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"End qualified immunity."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Enact fair taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street, and reduce taxes on working people. The richest people in America increased their wealth by a total of $6.5 trillion in 2021. The total wealth of the 1% reached a record $45.9 trillion by the end of 2021, and these fortunes increased by more than $12 trillion, or more than a third, during the course of the pandemic."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2017

Williamson has not made a statement on the Jones Act overall. However, she did support waiving the Jones Act in Puerto Rico following a storm in 2017.

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Codify Roe v. Wade into a federal law"

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Regarding abortion rights, I am one hundred percent pro-choice."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Federal data shows that as of 2022 over 3,500 permits for gas and oil drilling on public lands have been issued. This is more than the previous administrations approved number of permits. A Williamson administration will sign an executive order to change the parameters for the Bureau of Land Management’s issuing of permits.

"End all new oil and gas leases in federal lands and waters. Plan the phaseout of existing oil and gas leases on federal lands."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"The Williamson Administration will fight for ... Eliminating all interest on student loans and forgiving all federal and privately held student debt: Students are too often burdened with school loans that hold them back from following their dreams. Forgiving all student debt will allow students to work in a career they love, launch a business, or buy a home."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2021

"GOP has taken to criticizing Critical Race Theory in a solid wall of faux outrage for one reason only: as a cover for the fact that they don’t have a single policy prescription that would actually advance our society. It’s a political sleight of hand: look here, don’t look there."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2020

"Just in case anyone needs to be reminded: voting by mail does not cause voter fraud; it causes voting. That’s why its opponents oppose it."

Candidate's Website, 2023

"Eliminating unfounded restrictions on eligible voters, such as voter picture ID’s."

Other, 2019

"In a perfect world, term limits are elections. So what term limits would do, is it treats the symptom. But I believe first we need to treat the cause."

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