Previewing the Sunday Shows
Welcome to the final Sunday of the 2012 campaign.
With just over 48 hours before the first polls close, the weekend shows will be dominated by the race for the White House with both campaigns offering their closing arguments.
Pres. Obama's campaign is sending senior advisers David Plouffe and David Axelrod out on the airwaves. Plouffe is slated to appear opposite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Meet the Press. Ed Gillespie , senior adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign, will join Plouffe on This Week. Meanwhile, Axelrod and Romney political director Rich Beeson will appear on Fox News Sunday. Axelrod and Gillespie both will visit UNIVISION's Al Punto, in an interview that is set to be taped beforehand.
Over on State of the Union, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will make Obama's reelection argument opposite Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who this week defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's praise of Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, will be on the show's panel. Barbour will be joined by Sen. John Kerry's, D-Mass., 2004 deputy campaign manager Steve Elmendorf, who is well-positioned to weigh-in on Romney's term as governor as well as make comparisons between the 2004 and 2012 presidential elections.
The folks over at C-SPAN have managed some timely booking, inviting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Newsmakers this weekend as both campaigns re-invest in the state that was once thought to be fairly solid Obama territory.
60 Minutes is running a special on dysfunction in the Senate on Sunday night featuring interviews with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. In excerpts of the interview released on Friday, Coburn calls on the country to vote out every current senator up for reelection and "send some people up here who care more about the country than they do their political party or their position in politics."
Embattled Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., will also be on Al Punto discussing her difficult reelection race against former Republican Lieutenant Gov. Abel Maldonado in California's 24th District.
Finally, Newark Mayor Cory Booker will also be on the Meet the Press to discuss clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press hosts Obama senior adviser David Plouffe and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be on the panel.
Face the Nation hosts a "Campaign 2012" panel.
This Week hosts Obama senior adviser David Plouffe and Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie.
Fox News Sunday hosts Obama senior adviser David Axelrod and Romney political director Rich Beeson.
State of the Union hosts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be on the panel.
Capitol Gains hosts former Michigan Gov. John Engler.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features New York Times' John Harwood, ABC's Amy Walter and New York Times' Jackie Calmes (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).
Real Time features OUR TIME co-founder/pres. Matthew Segal, director Rob Reiner, CNN contributor Margaret Hoover, former Rep. Rick Lazio, R-NY, and photographer James Balog (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).
Situation Room features TBD (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Communicators features FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show features New York Magazine's John Heilemann, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, TheGrio.com's Joy Reid and CNN's Gloria Borger (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Newsmakers features Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources features New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, George Washington University professor Frank Sesno, San Francisco Chronicle's Debra Saunders, Current TV's Bill Press, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato and Pando Daily founder Sarah Lacy (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Fareed Zakaria GPS features Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson, Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz, author Edmund Morris, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales co-founder Dominique Moisi, journalist Rula Jabreal, National University of Singapore professor Kishore Mahbubani and Haaretz's Ari Shavit (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
60 Minutes Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (WUSA-TV, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.).
Q & A features author Walter Stahr (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie and Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).