CBS's Gayle King lands first interview with Beto O'Rourke after 2020 announcement

CBS's Gayle King lands first interview with Beto O'Rourke after 2020 announcement
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CBS's Gayle King has landed the first nationally televised interview with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who on Thursday announced his 2020 presidential campaign.

According to a network announcement, the sit-down interview will take place in Burlington, Iowa and will be aired Friday on "CBS This Morning," on which King serves as a co-host.


A preview of the O'Rourke interview will also be shown on the "CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor" on Thursday evening, as well as on CBS News Radio and CBSN, the network's streaming service.

King has landed several high-profile interviews of late, most notably with singer R. Kelly. It went viral after the embattled pop star screamed and broke down in tears as King sat composed while the testy situation played out.

O’Rourke, 46, ran a strong campaign against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R-Texas) last fall, but ultimately lost in the deep-red state by 2.6 points. The race launched O'Rourke into the national conversation, however, with speculation of a presidential run beginning immediately after his loss.

"The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us," he said in a video announcing his candidacy early Thursday.

“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” he added, touching on health care, immigration, justice reform and climate change.

O'Rourke becomes the 14th person to officially declare their candidacy for the Democratic nomination.