Presidential hopeful makes way to Nashua

NASHUA – She’s a lecturer, an activist and a four-time No. 1 author on the New York Times Best Seller list, now she’s testing the waters for a potential run at the presidency.

Texas native Marianne Williamson has been traveling the Granite State this week gauging the interest of New Hampshire citizens in her possible bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

On Thursday, she stopped in Nashua at the Dion Center at Rivier University with her exploratory committee, where she spoke to citizens about the state of the country and the political landscape, after which she fielded questions from those in attendance.

Williamson, who made her announcement to explore the landscape and potential presidential run in mid-August, said her biggest campaign points would be to include engaging America’s voters in a more meaningful conversation about the country and its history, and how its citizens fit into its history. She said she hopes to open up the political conversation in order to help the country and its citizens create a sustainable future.

“Our national challenges are deep, but our political conversation is shallow.” Williamson said before her appearance at Rivier. “My campaign (is) for people who want to dig deeper into the questions we face as a nation, and deeper into finding the answers.”

With her platform, Williamson said she is hoping to shed light on a number of pressing topics facing the country, including bringing to the forefront issues including the crisis’ facing America’s youth, shedding light on the economy serving as a veiled aristocracy, while also saying that she wants to interrupt the systematic racism that plagues the nation, as well as working toward re-framing national security.

She focused her remarks to the Nashua community on these topics during he speech, using lessons not only from current events, but also referencing America’s history, all while trying to inspire those in attendance.

On the topics, the economy, Williamson said that it serves as a veiled aristocracy that has taken the country’s major resources and put them in the hands of a very few individuals who claim they are doing only what is good for economic growth, but are instead leaving a great number of the population struggle.

While talking about racial inequality, Williamson said that she believes it is deep-seeded in the American culture, referencing the country’s forefathers as the beginning of the problem.

“All men are created equal, that all men would have access. All men would have the possibilities, that we would create a society where, to the best of our ability where material means of self actualization have been removed,” she built up to the topic in front of the large crowd. “And, yes, we know our history. We know the tragic dichotomy. We know the fact that of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, establishing these most enlightened principles, that 41 of them were slave owners. This dichotomy has always been with us.”

Williamson told those in attendance that even though we are far removed from the days of slavery, there still are many issues of inequality – not only racial, but inequality in terms of sexuality and religion.

During her travels through the state, Williamson said she has seen a good amount of voters showing interest in her campaign, which she said she is quite grateful for, especially considering the important roll the state plays come election time.

“I am very aware that you are aware – as the people in Iowa are aware, and the people in South Carolina are aware and that the people in Nevada are aware – that you have a very important part to play in the American political conversation. You will determine what it is over the next few years.” Williamson said.

Prior to the event Thursday night, she had visited both Portsmouth and Concord on her tour through the state, and she will be making her last stop in New Hampshire today in Laconia, where she will be speaking at Yoga From the Heart at 3 p.m.

As she gauges interest in her possible run for the presidency, Williamson said she will make a formal announcement as to whether she will run or not on Jan. 28.

Mathew Plamondon may be reached at 594-1244 or