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Bob Schieffer: ‘I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like that campaign’

Bob Schieffer: ‘I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like that campaign’

Even after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE began to win key swing states, the CBS News team covering election night from New York still believed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE would find a way to pull off a victory, according to former “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer.

“I thought it was going to be close, but I must say in my heart of hearts I never thought [Trump would] win,” Schieffer said.

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“When he began to win those key states, we all began to think, ‘Could this really be happening ... is this going to happen?’ ” the CBS News contributor said. “But I don’t think even then we really thought that she wouldn’t pull it out in some way.”

“Even his own people, his own pollsters, according to my sources, gave him a 20 percent chance to win,” he added.

Schieffer, 80, who has covered 14 presidential elections dating back to 1964 and served as a presidential debate moderator on several occasions, said the 2016 campaign and result was like nothing the country has ever witnessed. 

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like that campaign, and I don’t think any of us have ever seen anything like this White House,” he said.