"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King spoke to the Democratic presidential candidateThursday afternoon in his first national interview ever since he had announced his bid in the White House.
King polls the former The Texas Congressman in Burlington, Iowa, visited O & Rourke on the first day of a three-day swing tournament in Iowa. More interviews will be broadcast on CBSN, and the full interview will be broadcast on CBS This Morning on Friday.
O 'Rourke on impeachment Trump
should be indicted during the incident O & Rourke said he believed President Trump is being charged with if he deposed his campaign for the US Senate in 201
"There is no doubt that, if there were no agreements, there was at least the effort to work with a foreign power beyond power, a shadow of doubt that if there were no hindrance to justice, there would surely be an effort to hinder justice, "replied O & Rourke. Mr Trump has repeatedly denied agreeing with Russia to intervene in the 2016 presidential elections.
O Rourke said that Trump dismissed former FBI director James Comey in 2017 and sent his tweet to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the investigation in Russia There were possible examples of disability Justice.
But he said the decision to sue Mr Trump was a matter for the Congress, and Speaker of Parliament Nancy Pelosi said earlier this week that she opposes the impeachment because it would be too divisive. O & Rourke now seems to believe that there is another way to remove the President.
"As the Congress addresses these facts, and the results that, I believe, [we] from the Mueller report are soon to be seen," O Rourke said to King. "I think the American people will be able to make a decision at the ballot box in November 2020, and maybe we are the best way to resolve these unanswered questions."
O & Rourkes experience
O & # 39; Rourke expressed concern over his experience in his interview with King.
"People said," We had a candidate who did not have much political experience. Maybe now we need someone in the White House who is near the block a few times, who has more experience than you. & # 39; Obviously, that does not scare you off, "King said.
" Right, I mean, I think it depends on what kind of experience you're looking for. I have experience in hiring people, creating jobs and developing the economy of the community in which I live. Serving in the local government, with Amy helping to start a family and finding ways to work across the aisle to pass laws, even when I'm in the minority party, "said O & Rourke. "Height =" 413 "width =" 620 "class =" lazyload "srcset =" https://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/ 2019/03/14/2a8f1a2b-e60e-4dbd-b717-bc310b649468 / thumbnail / 620x413g9 / 24bc5215d3f15185bc6e5be37c6ba316 / beto-orourke-gayle-king-ctm-bug.p% 20xmlns% 3D & # 39; http% 3A% 2F% 2Fwww. w3.org% 2F2000% 2Fsvg% 20viewBox% 3D & 0% 200% 20620% 20413% 2F% 3E "
"Congressman with three terms, no real legislation in his own name, lack of experience." I think even the Tribune in Texas said you know "paper-board." Why should voters not worry about having a lack of experience for that? To vote you? "King asked.
"Well, I'm grateful it's ultimately up to the voters, and they'll have a chance to meet with me, question me, listen to me, and I'll have the opportunity to listen to them," he said , "Lifelong El Pasoan with Amy raised these three amazing children, small entrepreneurs … working in the local government, in each of the six years I've been in Congress, in the minority party, and yet for the people I serve, Delivering veterans who deliver to our frontier community … These were all things we worked with and listened to other people, and I'm convinced that this is the key to our ability to handle even greater challenges ahead of us. We do By renewing and consolidating our democracy and bringing it all in. "
A recent poll among Iowa Democrats puts O & Rourke in fifth place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to race next month becomes. and three senators.
While O & Rourke lost his Senate race against Ted Cruz last year, he only lost 3 points in a deep red state. As reported by CBS News Ed O & # 39; Keefe, he has won fans nationwide and worried about other Democratic campaigns.
He traveled with a small team, never hired a consultant and raised a record of $ 80 million.
Why O? Rourke changed his mind about the 2020 offer
Days before the Texas Senate race last year, O? Rourke insisted he would not stand for president in 2020.
"I do not want to do it, I will not do it" O & Rourke told "60 Minutes" correspondent Jon Wertheim. "Amy and I are an eleven-year-old, a ten-year-old and a seven-year-old, and we spent most of the last two years with each other, without birthdays and anniversaries and time together, and we – our – our family could not survive on it have to be together. "
King asked O Rourke after the postponement and stated, "I know everyone has the right to change his mind."
"What has changed for you and the family?" King asked.
"After the campaign we had fought for Texas and at election night, my wife Amy was the best decision to say," There are many people who talk about us and talk a lot instead of trying that now Find out, we spend some time as a family & # 39; … That's really what we did, "said O & Rourke, adding," We could see how resilient and our kids were strong. And when Amy and I came closer to this decision, we did not have a conversation with our children sitting down. They volunteered to give them advice. "Hey, dad, if you run that's the way I think you should do it. Or, "Hey, dad, you have to run for this or that problem." These were the conversations on the way home from school or – "
" Alone would they encourage you? "King asked."
"Alone," he said.
"Unwanted. Really? "
" Unwanted. And I honestly did not expect that. But I think they're just as sensitive to what's going on, they understand, they're going to inherit the consequences of the decisions you and I are making right now, and they expect us to hit the right ones, "King said.
O'Rourke plans to raise taxes on corporations
O & Rourke said he intended to levy taxes on wealthy people, and set out what that would look like.
"I think Businesses should be asked to pay a bigger share of the success of I think the richest should be asked to pay a bigger share at a time of historical income inequality. I do not know what the level should be, but I know the tax cuts went down two trillion dollars almost two years ago. At a time when we had $ 21 trillion in debt, it was more extraordinary at a time Not in this country one of the most irritating sible things the country has ever done, "said O'Rourke.
O" Rourke, how his cabinet would look like
"And you said, if you elected Your Cabinet Will Look Like America, "said King." What does that mean and why is that important to you? "
" In a country where wealth is disproportionately concentrated in white families, in one country, in one the prison population, which is the largest on earth, is disproportionately black and brown, in a country that never never fully completes the costs of slavery, segregation, oppression of voters, and participation in our economy we have a lot of work to do, "he said. "And if we can ensure that those who have the opportunity to have positions of power and public trust look and reflect on the land, we should do everything we can to do that."
O Rourke on healthcare
O & Rourke told King about health services : "The goal should be a universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care."
I think we will complement those who have a private employer's insurance to be covered by Medicare, and supplement that faster than almost any other plan to make sure that every American is able to get a doctor O Rourke said.
Prominent 2020 nominees like Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders support the abolition of private health insurance under a Medicare-for -All-Systems, a plan that has led the Republicans Democrats long accused Democrats to criticize a government takeover of the health system.
"I think Medicare For All is one of the possible ways," said O & M. # 39; Rourke. "I think the quickest way to do that is to make sure that people who have insurance through their employer, the they like, are able to keep it, and that we can supplement that with those who can buy Medicare, be covered by Medicaid. "
O & Rourke answers Trump's comment that he has" a lot of hand movement "
Meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar On Thursday of the White House, Mr. Trump told reporters he believe O Rourke is overly expressive in speaking.
"Well, I think he has a lot of hand movement, I have never seen so much hand movement," the president told reporters. "I said he's crazy or is that exactly how he behaves, so I've never seen a wave of hands – I've watched him a bit this morning – I suppose it was a kind of press conference, and I have I really never seen anything like it, study it, I'm sure you'll agree with me. "
O & Rourke was undecided about speaking with his hands in his interview with King.
"I'm quite animated," O & Rourke admitted that someone once said in the Senate election campaign that he had used his hands too much. "I am who I am," said O & Rourke.
"And I really think we all want to get past the pettiness, the personal attacks," O Rourke said, showing his philosophy of campaigning. "Let's not bring anyone down, let's pick each other up instead Let's bring out the best of our fellow citizens – each one of them from each community."
O & Rourke jumps into presidential election  O & Rourke officially made his presidential run with an online video released Thursday morning. O'Rourke sitting on a couch next to his wife announced : "Amy and I are pleased to announce that I am at your service as the next President of the United States of America." 19659006] He said that the crises in our economy, democracy and climate "will either consume us or they will give us the greatest chance to unleash the genius of the United States of America." O & Rourke made a list of democratic priorities, including health care, climate change, family separation and criminal justice reform. He gestured or hacked with his hands to emphasize each point.
O & Rourke said he plans to travel the country and "listen to those whom I want to serve to understand from your perspective how best to meet these challenges."
"In this moment of maximum danger and maximum potential we want to show ourselves and those who will follow us in this great success country, who we are and what we can do."
– Caitlin Huey -Burns
Who is Beto O? Rourke?
The following should you know the latest candidate to enter the overcrowded and diverse Democratic Primary Race:
- Although Robert has his legal first name, he is known as Beto, the Spanish-speaking one Nickname indicates names that end in "berto". like Roberto and Alberto, since childhood.
- As a teenager, he was an avid musician and was a member of several rock bands, including the El Paso-based punk group Foss, which he graduated in 1995 from Columbia University in New York.
- O & Rourke worked for a number of years in start-up companies and Civic when he returned from New York City to El Paso.
- After working on several local political campaigns, O Rourke joined the city council of El Paso in 2005, defeating a two-year incumbent.
- "Rourke, who speaks fluent Spanish, announced his candidacy for the Democratic pre-election campaign to represent the 16th Texas Congressional District, a majority district of Latino comprising El Paso and the surrounding communities.  During the congress, O 'Rourke compiled moderate voting records during his three terms in the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees.
- O & Rourke launched a long campaign in 2018 Robust Republican Senator Ted Cruz The Senate competed in Texas – along with its Obama-like oratorios and the dominance of social media on the campaign path – and made it a national glory.
- O & Rourke destroyed fundraising records and led to a broad electoral coalition in Texas, including the large and growing Latin American community of the state, and lost u m less than three percentage points.
- Although he said "60 Minutes" shortly before the election that he would be the "presidential candidate" in 2020, O & Rourke soon admitted that he was open to the idea.
- In his six years in Congress, O Rourke supported the legalization of marijuana and invested in clean energy such as solar and wind to combat climate change control legislation, LGBT rights, and had a pro-choice stance regarding abortion rights.
- O & Rourke strongly supports legislation to put young undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, on the path to US citizenship, critics of the Trump government's immigration policy.
– Caitlin Huey-Burns