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Beto meets Oprah: Former Texas congressman to sit down with talk show host

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WASHINGTON -- They're both popularly known by one name only: Beto is set to meet Oprah.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke will sit down with billionaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey in New York on Feb. 5, according to the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The story was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

"In one-on-one conversations, Winfrey will discuss how each of the guests created an impact and shifted the conversation," the network announced.

O'Rourke's failed campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz last year attracted high-profile admirers including former President Barack Obama.

Winfrey's endorsement of Obama in 2007 was a pivotal moment for his campaign in the Democratic primaries.

O'Rourke's campaign also shattered fundraising records, piquing the interest of influential Democratic Party bundlers.

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Just weeks after the midterm election, Democratic strategists launched a "Draft Beto 2020" political action committee to encourage O'Rourke to run for president.

Oprah dispelled rumors that she would launch her own presidential bid last year.

The interview will be subsequently broadcast on OWN and available through "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" podcast, OWN said.

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