CNN town halls with Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson

By Veronica Rocha and Dan Merica, CNN

Updated 8:20 p.m. ET, April 14, 2019
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6:05 p.m. ET, April 14, 2019

NOW: Marianne Williamson town hall

Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson's town hall starts now. You can watch it in the video player above.

7:24 p.m. ET, April 14, 2019

In the Green Room with Marianne Williamson

Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson chatted with CNN and answered a few questions before tonight's town hall.

We asked her six, simple questions so voters can get to know her better.

Here's what she said:

CNN: What's one thing about you that surprises people?

Williamson: "I don't think there is very much about me that surprise people because I think that for about 35 years I've been sort of laying it all out there."

CNN: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Williamson: "The best piece of advice I think I've ever received was to sort of get over myself. To remember that a vast majority of situations, it's really not about you, Marianne. Make it less about you and more about other people."

CNN: What’s your favorite movie?

Williamson: "My favorite movie is 'The Mission.'"

CNN: What was the last book you read?

Williamson: "The last book I read was 'Tyranny' by Tim Snyder. Very scary, but very important."

CNN: What is your greatest accomplishment?

Williamson: "My greatest accomplishment is that I have a happy, well-adjusted and productive daughter. Although it's not really my accomplishment, it's her accomplishment. But maybe my accomplishment has something to do with it and that fact that she and I have such a great relationship. Definitely motherhood is my highest accomplishment."

CNN: What three issues do we have to deal with right now?

Williamson: "It's difficult to say that there are three issues to deal with right now because there are so many issues we have to deal with right now. But I think there is an underlying issue that is paramount ... the influence of money on our politics right now is extraordinary that for all intents and purposes our government behaves more like it's supporting an aristocracy than a democracy."

6:02 p.m. ET, April 14, 2019

What you need to know about Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is best known for being a spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey and has written several best-selling books, including her debut "A Return to Love."

She formally launched her campaign in January with a speech in Los Angeles. 

Here's what Williamson plans to bring to the race:

  • Her campaign website outlines her proposals that mostly align with progressive policies like universal health care, free higher education and a Green New Deal.
  • She's also proposing $100 billion in reparations for slavery, $10 billion a year to be distributed over 10 years.
  • Williamson said she running to bring a "moral and spiritual awakening" for America.
5:42 p.m. ET, April 14, 2019

Spiritual author Marianne Williamson joins CNN for a town hall tonight

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Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Project Angel Food

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author who is a spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey, will take questions from voters at a town hall tonight.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m. ET, will be moderated by CNN's Dana Bash.

Williamson, a Texas native, has written several best-selling books beginning with her first, "A Return to Love," which got the attention of Winfrey. Since then, Williamson has been a "spiritual friend and counselor" to Winfrey.

In 2014, Williamson ran for a congressional seat in California only to finish fourth in the primary, despite name recognition, $2 million spent, and celebrity endorsements, including a campaign song written by Alanis Morissette. That seat eventually went to Rep. Ted Lieu.

She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.