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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Clinton to Appear on \'Face the Nation\'


President Bill Clinton plans to return to the Sunday talk-show circuit with an appearance on CBS's “Face the Nation.”

The interview coincides with the annual meeting of Mr. Clinton's philanthropic organization, the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes in New York on Sunday. President Obama and Mitt Romney both plan to speak at the three-day conference.

Since he delivered a well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, Mr. Clinton has been a featured player on the campaign trail, scheduling visits to key swing states and appearing in campaign ads.

Mr. Clinton's appearance on CBS comes at the height of his popularity. Two-thirds of registered vote rs have a favorable view of the former president, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll - meaning he is more popular now than he has been at any time since he was a presidential candidate 20 years ago.

Mr. Clinton's appearance comes after a rough week for Mr. Romney. Hoping to sharpen the Republican message after the candidate's widely criticized response to the embassy attacks in the Middle East and a damaging Politico report of discord within the campaign, the Romney team instead found itself in damage-control mode, defending comments captured in a leaked video about Americans who feel they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

It has been a year since Mr. Clinton appeared on any of the Sunday shows; he went on “Face the Nation,” NBC's “Meet the Press” and ABC's “This Week” ahead of the Clinton Global Initiative's meeting last September.