Previewing the Sunday Shows
With two debates down and two to go, the Sunday Shows are focusing almost-exclusively on the presidential race this weekend, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure.
First up, Fox News Sunday features a war of the messengers with Pres. Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod and Mitt Romney's senior adviser Ed Gillespie booked back-to-back to discuss this week's vice presidential debate, Tuesday's upcoming rematch between their bosses and their strategies for the final three weeks of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is playing Obama in mock debates with Romney, will stop by This Week, where he'll be joined by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden discussing, yes, the debates. Afterwards, This Week is hosting an all-star panel that will feature former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and ABC's Martha Raddatz, who moderated this week's vice presidential debate.
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will be on State of the Union to defend Vice President Biden's performance this week against Paul Ryan, as well as talk about what's next for the Obama campaign. The CNN program also features a battle of the flacks, with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas, Priorities USA co-founder Bill Burton and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.
Face the Nation is taking a slightly different tack, focusing on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which came into greater focus this week with conflicting reports coming from the Obama administration and officials from the State Department testifying before Congress. House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will be on the program, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to discuss the attacks and the administration's handling of the tragedy.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will be on Meet the Press to discuss the presidential campaign with Democratic Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.
In what is sure to be a soundbite-filled showdown, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu will be on Bloomberg's Political Capital on Friday evening, going to battle for the Obama and Romney campaigns, respectively. Perhaps equally quotable will be a joint appearance by Issa and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
And for a bit of levity this weekend, comedian Stephen Colbert will stop by Meet the Press to hock his new book, "America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't" and chat politics with host David Gregory.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.
Face the Nation hosts Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
This Week hosts Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Deleware Attorney General Beau Biden. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. and ABC's Martha Raddatz will be on the panel.
Fox News Sunday hosts Obama senior adviser David Axelrod and Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie.
State of the Union hosts former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas, Priorities USA co-founder Bill Burton and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.
Capitol Gains hosts Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman Gary Gensler.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features New York Times' Peter Baker, Washington Post's Dan Balz, Bloomberg's Jeanne Cummings and CBS' John Dickerson (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).
Real Time features conservative commentator Ann Coulter, actor Ben Affleck, former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairwoman Sheila Bair, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).
Situation Room features National Journal's Ron Brownstein and reairs an interview with Romney (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Communicators features former National Telecommunications & Information administrator John Kneuer and Center for American Progress Action Fund vice president Ed Paisley (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show features Newsweek's Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine's John Heilemann, Washington Post's Nia Malika Henderson and Christian Science Monitor's Liz Marlantes (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Newsmakers features Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources features TheRoot.com's Keli Goff, George Washington University's Steve Roberts, CNN's David Frum, CNN's Candy Crowley and author Buzz Bissinger (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Fareed Zakaria GPS features New York Times' Bill Keller, Singapore University professor Kishore Mahbubani, former CIA officer Tony Mendez, filmmaker Ric Burns and Harvard University president Drew Gilbin Faust (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Q & A features author Evan Thomas (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, American Conservatives Union chairman Al Cardenas, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States Luis Laureado, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner candidate Rafael Cox Alomar and singer Alejandro Sanz (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).