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Marianne Williamson visits Golden Grain Energy

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was in Mason City on Tuesday, May 6, for a presentation hosted by Golden Grain Energy.

Marianne Williamson, a proclaimed spiritual leader and activist, sat in on a PowerPoint-style presentation Monday afternoon at Golden Grain Energy to learn more about an Iowa staple: ethanol and ethanol production.

The ethanol educational crash-course was a campaign stop for Williamson who officially launched her presidential campaign in January but has yet to do a lot of barnstorming in the "First-in-the-Nation" state. Williamson has events in Nevada, Michigan and South Carolina over the next few days.

In fact: There was no real policy positions offered up over the course of the nearly hour-long event. More of that came from former Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge who was there to raise points about the issues affecting Iowa and ethanol.

Williamson, who has been tagged as a spiritual guru of sorts for Oprah Winfrey, brought attention to the issue of reparations in the campaign by unveiling a plan to disburse $200 billion to $500 billion in reparations for slavery over a period of 20 years. Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have since premiered plans of their own but have not made them central issues.

That topic wasn't broached either. 

It was ethanol throughout, with Williamson only occasionally leaning forward to ask questions about the impact of tariffs on ethanol production and who discovers such processes. The answer from Golden Grain officials to the latter: Ancient Egyptians.

Campaign references were few and far between as well as Williamson only mentioned the prospect of her presidency once or twice near the end of the presentation. 

At this time: Williamson is polling at less than 1% and her website touts that she still needs more than 3,000 distinct donations to reach the 65,000 unique contributions threshold for getting onto the DNC debate stage in June. 

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