TV talk show tip sheet

With all eyes on the Olympics this weekend, the Sunday talk shows go for the gold as well with plenty of top-level campaign surrogates.

Leading the way, CBS’ “Face the Nation” hosts a pair of big name guests — Virginia Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and former Bush strategist Karl Rove.

With the Old Dominion very much in the presidential mix this fall, Kaine could be a key player. And will he address the persistent reports that he’s one of the front-runners to be Barack Obama’s running mate?

Look, too, for Rove to throw plenty of cold water on the notion that Obama will run away with the race. Does “the architect” know something we don’t?

On “Fox News Sunday,” a pair of high-profile campaign advisers — John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), an Obama confidant .

Will Davis offer any clues as to when McCain might announce his running mate — and who might it be?

With the Olympics on the NBC family of networks, “Meet the Press” airs at different times across the county Sunday. So, check your local listings for Tom Brokaw’s special edition from Beijing, featuring an exclusive interview with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Back in Washington, NBC's David Gregory leads a special political roundtable of CNBC's Erin Burnett, The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot.

On ABC's “This Week,” a pair of powerful governors — New Mexico Democrat Bill Richardson and Louisiana Republican Bobby Jindal — battle over the presidential race.

Can Richardson deliver New Mexico for Obama? And is Jindal still a vice presidential possibility for McCain?

Guest host Jake Tapper also analyzes the week’s politics with The New York Times' Matt Bai and ABC’s Torie Clarke, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

CNN’s “Late Edition” leads with the man of the hour in the energy debate — Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, who’s pushing an aggressive campaign to expand the use of wind power and natural gas.

Host Wolf Blitzer also discusses the state of the presidential race with Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Then, a pair of influential senators — Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and. John Cornyn (R-Texas) — debate the war in Iraq.

The new housing and urban development secretary, Steve Preston, follows. And Blitzer interviews Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Christ, also reported to near the top of McCain’s list of potential running mates.

Finally, C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” looks ahead to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., with interviews with Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Rep. Kevin O. McCarthy of California, co-chairmen of the Republican Platform Committee.

They’ll be questioned by The Hill’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s Charles Mahtesian.

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