Sunday talk show tip sheet

By Andy Barr
|  Sunday, Aug 16, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 AM EDT
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Sunday Talk Show Tip Sheet

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Specter will be leading off the Sunday talk-show beat.

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After spending a long week out on the trail getting berated in town halls across their states, some of the most targeted Democratic lawmakers in the health care debate come to the Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who found himself in the middle of one of the past week’s more memorable shout fests, will be on ABC’s “This Week,” where White House correspondent Jake Tapper is filling in for George Stephanopoulos. Tapper also gets Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius will also appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” to talk through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul proposal. The HHS secretary will be joined by Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.). Also on CNN, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will reflect on her recent trip to Africa with “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria.

Fox News Sunday gets Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Sen. Richard Shelby (R- Ala.) and James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, to debate health care. NBC’s “Meet the Press” is also health care focused, bringing in Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the Obama administration’s most vocal critics, along with former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will hit back at the president’s vocal critics in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and will be followed by former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.).

Elsewhere, Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, will be on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” to take questions from The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn and The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.

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