Today we’ll see a somewhat eclectic mix of guests on the morning talk shows, with no particular dominant theme. The two presidential candidates have surrogates out in force but are themselves otherwise occupied. Senior Romney adviser and longtime Republican strategist Ed Gillespie is the only one doing double duty, making appearances on both Meet the Press and State of the Union. Most of the surrogate attention will probably focus on Obama’s attack on Romney over Bain Capital, but we’ll also get a little veepstakes buzz with Paul Ryan and Kelly Ayotte — two presumed contenders — as featured guests. Fox and CNN go a little governor-heavy today, so expect some debate over the resistance to Medicaid expansion on both shows.
In the middle of all the political fat-chewing taking place today, the segment that seems the most interesting to me will be Bob Costas’ appearance onMeet the Press to discuss the fallout from the Freeh report in the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky scandal. The most inexplicable is Rahm Emanuel on This Week. Shouldn’t he be focusing on Chicago’s troubles rather than Obama’s? Andrew Malcolm wonders about that too:
He’s Obama’s embattled finance chair, Obama’s former chief of staff, a former representative from Chicago’s North Side, a former Bill Clinton finance chair and White House aide. But apparently he’s solved all of the windy city’s problems with money, street shootings and schools so he can continue his heavy load of national political work for South Sider Obama.
- This Week (ABC): Rahm Emanuel, Senator Kelly Ayotte
- Face the Nation (CBS): Rep. Paul Ryan, Stephanie Cutter, Kevin Madden
- Meet the Press (NBC): Ed Gillespie, Senators Dick Durbin and Jon Kyl, Bob Costas
- State of the Union (CNN): Ed Gillespie, David Axelrod, Governors Bob McDonnell and Deval Patrick
- Fox News Sunday (Fox): Governors Terry Branstad and Rick Scott, Karl Rove and Joe Trippi