Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

By MAYA KING

11/02/2019 01:50 PM EDT

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Mired at the bottom of the Democratic field, Marianne Williamson is hoping to capture attention by zeroing in on a volatile issue: reparations for the descendants of enslaved men and women.

Williamson, who has made reparations a core campaign issue, maintains that the subject has been an issue of personal interest since long before she ran for president. During the August debate, she referred to reparations as “a debt that is owed.”

Recently, Williamson went even further — she became the first candidate in the field to go on the air with an ad about the issue.

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