It’s all about national security on the Sunday programs this weekend, with a collection of foreign-policy heavies appearing in the aftermath of President Obama’s big speech at the National Archives.
The biggest name: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who will speak with Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Will the former Bush administration official give Obama some bipartisan cover for his policies on detainment and interrogation? And how long before the names “Limbaugh” and “Cheney” are mentioned?
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” moderator David Gregory will preside over a bare-knuckled brawl between Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) Durbin has argued in favor of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay for years – how well will he defend that position against one of the administration’s sharpest critics?
Rounding out the top three shows, George Stephanopoulos hosts a visitor from inside the administration on ABC’s “This Week,” interviewing Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Elsewhere on the airwaves, the economy gets a little more play: on CNN’s “State of the Union,” John King’s guest list includes Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), both leading voices on the financial crisis.
Also stopping by: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) and former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-Pa.) Will the moderate Ridge weigh in on the unfolding struggle for the direction of the Republican Party?
On Bloomberg’s “Political Capital,” Washington editor Al Hunt interviews Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who now seems fully off the leash and safe for TV.
And don’t miss C-SPAN’s White House coverage: an interview with President Obama airs three times Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
On the network’s “Newsmakers” program, a panel of reporters will speak with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Will the former Colorado senator comment on the possibility of housing Guantanamo detainees at the Supermax prison in his home state?