Recent reports have indicated a growing sentiment among some Democrats that they would prefer somebody other than President Joe Biden -- or Vice President Kamala Harris -- to be the party's presidential nominee in 2024.
One potential option appears to have emerged, progressive spiritualist and author Marianne Williamson, who suggested this week that it was "time to move on" for Democrats with respect to President Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.
Williamson made quite a splash in the Democratic primary in 2020 with a brief attention-grabbing presidential campaign but ultimately dropped out and endorsed progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) against then-candidate Biden prior to any votes being cast.
Fox News reported that Williamson, who teased a 2024 campaign launch announcement last week, was in the early primary state of New Hampshire on Tuesday and took part in an interview with a local news-talk radio morning show.
"You can appreciate what the president has done -- defeating the Republicans in 2020 -- and still feel it is time to move on," Williamson said of Biden.
She went on to assert that "many of us, myself included, feel that in order for the Democrats to win in 2024, we’re going to have to be able to offer to the American people something much more than" what the current president has delivered thus far.
Williamson touted a range of far-left progressive agenda items that she would prioritize as part of a "fundamental reform of the economic landscape in this country," and said that "what’s important is that we have a candidate who can win in 2024 and that is by offering the kind of fundamental reform that Bernie Sanders" has long advocated in support of.
Politico's Playbook interviewed Williamson last week ahead of her tease about an impending campaign launch announcement and confirmed both that she would make a formal statement over the weekend and that she "absolutely" would run as a Democrat for that party's nomination.
As for why she had decided to run against the incumbent president, she replied, "Apparently Biden's going to run on a message that the economy is getting stronger. I think that speaks to the disconnect between the analysis of party elites versus the struggle of everyday Americans."
"We're being asked to limit our political imaginations -- to just accept the low unemployment and low inflation rate, that that is sort of the best that we can get," she added. "But that is a hollow victory. The majority of Americans are still struggling to survive."
The Hill reported that, as had been hinted at in the days prior, Williamson further teased an impending campaign when she said in a statement on Saturday, "As America gears up for the 2024 presidential election, I’m preparing an important announcement on March 4th in Washington D.C."
She added, "I am motivated by: a commitment to the tenets of liberty espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address; a realization of the Democratic Party’s shift away from the party of President Franklin Roosevelt; and the economic injustices endured by millions of Americans due to the influence of corporate money on our political system."
Fox News noted that Williamson has already traveled to New Hampshire a few times over the past year, and that state could prove even more impactful than usual -- and particularly dangerous to Biden -- as the state party leaders are decidedly unhappy that Biden and the Democratic National Committee decided unilaterally to bump New Hampshire from its traditional "first in the nation" primary spot to instead follow behind the South Carolina contest that will likely prove more favorable for the president.
"Absolutely you will see me in New Hampshire because what matters is democracy, not just what the DNC decides," Williamson told the local radio show in the Tuesday interview. "The voters should decide who should be the nominee in 2024 ... The people should be making that decision. Not the DNC."