Previewing the Sunday Shows
With just over two weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, two letters are dominating the political discussion: V.P.
The Sunday shows are no exception. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who currently holds the number one spot in our own Veepstakes rankings, will make two appearances this weekend, stopping by Meet the Press and This Week. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who was mentioned early but hasn't gained much traction as a veep contender, will be on State of the Union.
On Face the Nation, President Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter will face off with Mitt Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. Cutter waded into controversy earlier this week when she said the campaign was not familiar with Joe Soptic, who stars in a new Priorities USA ad, even though she led a conference call featuring Soptic back in May. Fehrnstrom could have questions of his own to answer after Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul cited Massachusetts' health care law, which Romney has avoided discussing on the campaign trail, in defending him from the super PAC ad.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will also take up Romney's defense on Fox News Sunday, where he'll be joined by Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie will be on State of the Union to discuss the campaign's strategy leading up to the convention (which begins on August 27) as well as this week's ad war controversy. Gillespie should be expecting a question or two about the vice presidential search as well, but he has dodged them handily in the past. Obama senior adviser David Axelrod will also be on State of the Union, in addition to This Week.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has taken up a bigger role as a Romney surrogate this week, will be on Face the Nation as well.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press hosts former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Face the Nation hosts Obama deputy manager Stephanie Cutter, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom and former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
This Week hosts former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.
Fox News Sunday hosts Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
State of the Union hosts Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features former Defense Secretary William Cohen (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features New York Times' Jeff Zeleny, National Journal's Beth Reinhard and CNBC's John Harwood (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 author Parmy Olson (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Wall Street Journal Report features former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and author Kurt Eichenwald (CNBC, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show Times' Michael Duffy, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and AP's Kasie Hunt (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Newsmakers features Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, New York Times' Ron Nixon and Bloomberg's Alan Bjerga (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources features Current TV's Stephanie Miller, Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian, Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni and USA Today's Christine Brennan (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Fareed Zakaria GPS features former Secretary of State Colin Powell, University of Warwick professor Lord Robert Skidelsky and Exeter University professor Edward Skidelsky (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Q & A features author Andrew Nagorski (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., National Council of La Raza Director of Immigration and National Campaigns Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Florida International University professor Daniel Alvarez and NASA Power Systems Engineer Dr. Victor Moreno (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).