A day after President Obama signed a stopgap budget measure that will keep the government in business for another week — part of a larger deal that includes a full 2011 spending bill — lawmakers are slated to take to the talk show circuit to make their case for and against the budget deal.
Their appearances cap a week that featured one day in which lawmakers held nine news conferences in as many hours.
The Washington Post’s Emily Yahr has a full preview of the weekend TV lineup. We’ve broken out the Sunday public affairs shows that are likely to have political tongues wagging Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning.
“Fox News Sunday”
White Houe senior adviser and Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe joins host Chris Wallace. Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will also join. Plouffe will appear on four of the Sunday talk shows this weekend. His appearance comes a week after President Obama officially launched his 2012 reelection campaign.
“State of the Union” (CNN)
Host Candy Crowley is among the four hosting Plouffe and will also discuss the 2011 budget battle with Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.). Crowley will also host reality TV star, real estate mogul, potential presidential candidate and now “birther” Donald Trump. Former British prime minister Tony Blair will also join.
“Meet the Press” (NBC)
Host David Gregory will also interview Plouffe, along with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who announced his 2012 budget proposal this week. Joining the roundtable will be Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver, CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The New York Times’s Helene Cooper and NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“Face the Nation” (CBS)
CBS will host Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will join.
“This Week” (ABC)
Christiane Amanpour will host Plouffe, along with Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Actor Robert Redford will also join.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will field questions from reporters.