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03.14.2019

“CBS THIS MORNING” CO-HOST GAYLE KING INTERVIEWS BETO O’ROURKE FOR HIS ONLY NATIONAL TELEVISION INTERVIEW FOLLOWING HIS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

Interview Airs Tomorrow on “CBS This Morning” (7:00-9:00 AM); Click Here to Watch Excerpts

CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King sat down with former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke today in Burlington, Iowa, for his only national TV interview to discuss his 2020 presidential campaign. The interview will be broadcast tomorrow, Friday, March 15 on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. An excerpt will air tonight on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) and on CBSN’s RED & BLUE.

Click here to watch portions of the interview on CBSNews.com. Transcripts are below:

GAYLE KING: You had said earlier that you thought President Trump should be impeached. Do you still feel that way?

BETO O’ROURKE: It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt to me that, if there was not collusion, there was at least the effort to collude with a foreign power, beyond the shadow of a doubt that if there was not obstruction of justice, there certainly was the effort to obstruct justice. Whether that’s firing James Comey, the principal investigator into what happened in the 2016 election, or in the light of day, tweeting to your attorney general as President Trump did to end the Russia investigation.

KING: Because you know Speaker Pelosi’s gone on record – she does not think that’s the way to go at this particular time.

O’ROURKE: How Congress chooses to address those set of facts and the findings which I believe are soon to see from the Mueller report is up to them. I think the American people are going to have a chance to decide this at the ballot box in November 2020, and perhaps that’s the best way for us to resolve these outstanding questions.

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KING: People have said, “We had a candidate who didn’t have vast political experience. And maybe now this time, we need somebody in the White House who has been around the block a few times who has greater experience than yourself.” Clearly you’re not deterred by that.

O’ROURKE: Right. I mean, I guess it depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. I’ve got experience hiring people, creating jobs, developing the economy of the community in which I live. Serving in local government with Amy, helping to raise a family and finding ways to work across the aisle to get legislation passed even when I’m in the minority party.

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KING: Why shouldn’t voters be concerned about voting for you with your lack of experience?

O’ROURKE: Well, I’m grateful that ultimately it’s up to voters, and that they’ll have a chance to meet with me, question me, listen to me, and I’ll have a chance to listen to them.

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