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Gov. Rendell To 60 Minutes: “You’re Simpletons!”

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Television viewers across the nation will get to see something on Sunday night that Pennsylvania residents have experienced before: an angry eruption from Governor Ed Rendell.

In a “60 Minutes” interview with correspondent Lesleystahl 60 Gov. Rendell To <em>60 Minutes:</em> Youre Simpletons! Stahl (right), Governor Rendell explodes on camera as he is pressed about the negative impacts of expanded gambling.

The eruption comes as the governor hopes to land a gig as a TV news commentator.  In an exit interview with capitol reporters on Thursday, Rendell said he hoped to land a spot as a “contributor.”

“Contributor. Contributor.  I’m not going to do a permanent show, obviously, because I’ve got too many other things I want to do,” the governor told reporters.

But it remains to be seen how this outburst will affect his chances.

In a clip provided by “60 Minutes,” Rendell barks through clenched teeth as he becomes frustrated during his interview with Stahl.

RENDELL: “You guys don’t get that!”
STAHL: “I do get it.”
RENDELL: “You’re simpletons! You’re idiots if you don’t get that!”

Watch the clip…


What Rendell claims Stahl didn’t get was his assertion that people who lose money they can’t afford will do so anyway — by gambling in Atlantic City or elsewhere –  if Pennsylvania didn’t have casinos.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo.

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