- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a rare TV interview, says the recession “probably” will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system.

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” airing Sunday night, Bernanke seems to express a bit more optimism that this could be done.

“We do have a plan,” he says. “We’re working on it. And I do think that we will get it stabilized, and we’ll see the recession coming to an end probably this year.”

A transcript of the interview was provided in advance of the broadcast.

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