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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 5


The latest unemployment report offered a mixed bag on the economy with stronger than expected job growth combined with a small uptick in the jobless rate. Lawmakers from both parties will stop by the Sunday shows at the beginning of a five-week Congressional vacation to discuss the long list of unresolved issues and what the economic numbers mean for the presidential campaign.

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, and her counterpart on the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, will be on ABC's “This Week” to debate how the modest economic growth will affect President Obama and whether Mitt Romney can convince voters that his fiscal agenda will better serve the country.

To look at how the jobs report will play in the all-important battleground states, CBS's “Face the Nation” will host Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican of Virginia, former Gov. Te d Strickland, Democrat of Ohio, former Gov. Ed Rendell, Democrat of Pennsylvania, and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, for their insight on voter reactions to the unemployment figures.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, will sit down with CNN's “State of the Union” to revisit his party's anti-tax pledge and discuss his views on how a bipartisan effort can help solve the federal debt crisis. Later, Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, will delve into the latest unconfirmed assertions made by Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, about Mitt Romney's alleged failure to pay taxes for 10 years.

The Obama campaign has also deployed David Axelrod, chief strategist to Mr. Obama, to give a status report on the president's ground operation just months away from Election Day on “Fox News Sunday.” Ted Cruz, a Tea Party candidate who snagged the Republican Senate nomination in Texas from the state's lieute nant governor, is considered a rising star in the party and will talk about the latest upset and his plans for campaign season.

C-Span's “Newsmakers” will feature an interview with another Texan, Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, to discuss fiery races within his party and what the party's strategy will be to win a majority this fall in the Senate.

President Obama's deferred action program for undocumented young people will soon take effect. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, and Myrna Orozco, field director of United We Dream, will discuss efforts to ensure that all applicants to the program are familiar with the approval process on Univision's “Al Punto.”

Patrick Gaspard, the Democratic National Committee's executive director, will be a guest on Bloomberg TV's “Political Capital.”

NBC's “Meet the Press” has been pre-empted by Olympic coverage.