Previewing the Sunday Shows
Expect to hear two words this weekend over and over and over again: Bain Capital.
With Mitt Romney sitting down with all three networks on Friday to address the continued speculation about his tenure at Bain Capital and the Obama campaign's accusation that Romney may have committed a crime, misleading the SEC on his time there, Romney's former employer promises to be the topic du jour on Sunday.
Romney's senior adviser Ed Gillespie will continue to tackle the Bain issue on Meet the Press and State of the Union. Meanwhile, Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, who received some criticism this week for using the word "felony" in connection with Romney's SEC filings, will face off with Romney adviser Kevin Madden on Face the Nation. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a potential vice presidential contender, will also be on the show.
Another potential VP pick, freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will take up Romney's case opposite Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on This Week.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will also discuss 2012 this weekend on State of the Union, focusing primarily on the Virginia battleground and the state of the economy. In other battleground politics, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, both Romney supporters, will discuss how the former Massachusetts governor can win their respective states on Fox News Sunday.
Meet the Press, meanwhile, will shift its focus to Capitol Hill, with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin talking about his party's early difficulties in getting on board with Obama's call to renew the Bush tax cuts only for the middle class, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, who will discuss his House colleagues' decision to once again vote to repeal the president's health care law.
Univision's Al Punto will feature an interview with first lady Michelle Obama that was taped earlier this week, as her husband's campaign continues its outreach to Hispanic voters.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press hosts Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, and Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie.
Face the Nation hosts Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Romney adviser Kevin Madden.
This Week hosts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
Fox News Sunday hosts Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
State of the Union hosts Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features Priorities USA founder Bill Burton (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features Time's Michael Duffy, Washington Post's Lori Montgomery, RealClearPolitics' Alexis Simendinger and Reuters' Sam Youngman (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).
Real Time is on break (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).
Situation Room features a best of the week (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Communicators features the Capitol Hill technology fair (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show features Time's Michael Duffy, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and AP's Kasie Hunt (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Newsmakers features Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources features Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page, Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, RealClearPolitics' Erin McPike, Tyndal Report's Andrew Tyndall, Quinnipiac's Paul Friedman, PandoDaily.com's Sarah Lacy and Columbia University's Sree Sreenivasan (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Fareed Zakaria GPS features Syrian National Council president Abdulbaset Sieda, the Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes, Reuters' Chrystia Freeland, author Zachary Karabell, CNBC's Larry Kudlow and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Q & A features author Antony Beevor (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, former Mexico presidential candidate Santiago Creel and musicians Juan Andres and Nicolas Ospina (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).