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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Breakfast Menu, Oct. 14


With a little more than three weeks until Election Day, the Sunday shows are swarming with campaign surrogates, weighing in on the vice-presidential debate, the next presidential debate and strategy for the final stretch.

ABC's “This Week” will have Senator Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican who has been Mitt Romney's sparring partner in debate practice, and Beau Biden, Delaware's attorney general and Vice President. Biden's son.

The program will also feature a panel discussion before a live audience on whether presidential debates matter, with guests including Newt Gingrich, former Republican presidential candidate and House speaker; Christopher J. Dodd, former Democratic presidential candida te and Connecticut senator; and Martha Raddatz, ABC's senior foreign affairs correspondent, who moderated the vice-presidential debate.

David Axelrod, senior adviser on President Obama's re-election campaign, and Ed Gillespie, senior adviser on Mr. Romney's campaign, will appear on “Fox News Sunday.”

Outlining Mr. Obama's strategy in the wake of his performance in the first presidential debate, Robert Gibbs, another of the president's senior campaign advisers, will join CNN's “State of the Union.” Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Al Cardenas, former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, will also appear on CNN, along with a panel including Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Bill Burton, senior strategist at the pro-Obama “super” PAC Priorities USA Action.

Mr. Cardenas, who is now chairman of the American Conservative Union, also makes a stop by Univision's “Al Punto” this week. Luis J. Lauredo, former ambassador to the Organization of the Americas and an Obama campaign surrogate, will join him on Univision.

NBC's “Meet the Press” features a packed political panel: Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, chairman of the Republican Governors Association; Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta; Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor; Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist; and Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent and a veteran presidential debate moderator.

The conversation on CBS's “Face the Nation” will focus on recent developments on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, after this week's House oversight committee hearing. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Representative Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House oversight committee; and Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, ranking Democra t on the House oversight committee, will appear on the program.

Ted Strickland, co-chairman of Mr. Obama's campaign, and John H. Sununu, former New Hampshire governor and Romney campaign surrogate, are on Bloomberg's “Political Capital.”

C-Span's “Newsmakers” has Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, discussing the role of his home state in the election and his hopes for Congress during the lame duck session.

And Telemundo's “Enfoque” will feature analysis of the vice presidential debate by Representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat of California, and Carlos M. Gutiérrez, former commerce secretary under the George W. Bush administration.