Feb. 25 Preview: Setting the Stage for Iraq Debate

Here's a preview of what's coming up on the Sunday, Feb. 25 political talk shows:

With the 2008 presidential campaign in the background, the talk this Sunday is going to set the stage for the debate likely to grip Congress next week over Democrats' plans to fight the president's policy in Iraq.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is set to appear on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week," is the big catch of the weekend. Back from a trip to the Middle East tied to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, she is just as likely to face questions about opposition to President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Senate Democrats are planning to try to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in favor of a resolution to restrict the military's role and order a start to withdrawing U.S. combat troops. Helping to lead that effort is Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who is appearing on "Meet the Press." Expect him to be asked about potential cuts to Iraq war funding. CNN's "Late Edition" has a roster of foreign policy experts and journalists to discuss the war.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is the only 2008 presidential candidate to grace the shows, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation." Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee, was once considered the main challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) for the Democratic nomination. That is, until Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) got into the race.

Recently, Edwards has been the subject of a blogger controversy and is trying mightily to take some of the attention away from Obama and Clinton. Expect him to be asked about the nasty exchange between the Obama and Clinton camps last week, as well as whether he will have enough money by March 31, the first fundraising disclosure deadline of this year, to remain among the top tier of candidates.

In contrast to Clinton, Edwards has frequently said his 2002 vote to authorize the war was a mistake.

In Washington, the nation's governors are meeting this weekend. "Face the Nation" scored an interview with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who was reelected with a resounding majority last November. Schwarzenegger has been popular with the media for taking a middle-of-the-road approach to governing and promoting efforts to curb climate change before the federal government acts. Expect him to dish out lessons of leadership, and dodge questions about the Iraq war and who he supports in the 2008 presidential race. (And, of course, it will be noted that he would probably be running for president today if he had not been born in Austria.)

Govs. Edward R. Rendell (D-Penn.) and Rick Perry (R-Tex.) will be on "Fox News Sunday." Perry will likely face questions about his decision to require that all girls receive a vaccine to protect them against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before sixth grade.

On "This Week," George Stephanopoulos interviews former president Jimmy Carter, whose new book -- "Palestine Peace not Apartheid" -- has angered many people on the left and right who believe Carter was unfairly critical of Israel's actions over the past half century.

Check back Sunday afternoon for a summary and analysis of the shows.

By Zachary Goldfarb |  February 23, 2007; 3:30 PM ET
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Carters' book angered the powerful rightwing of the zionist movement not some on the left and right. They were just jumping to attention by people with pull.

Posted by: jwrry k. | February 24, 2007 8:24 PM

Hey, I think this blog is cool. It will help me prioritize and justify time spent ironing shirts, polishing shoes, etc. etc. while I watch tv on Sunday morning. No downside here.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | February 25, 2007 4:54 AM

great idea for blog, but wish you would just list the shows by name/network with guests' names following. readers are awash in words and sometimes just want to know stuff fast.

Posted by: nury | February 25, 2007 9:50 AM

We in Holland just adopted a new rule to solve violent family quarrels and that is forbid entrance to the family for a week or longer for the troublemaker. And after a week or so try to solve the problem by talking. When there is no solution for the problem give the troublemaker another place to make a new living.
I think Israel causes a lot of trouble, actually a never ending agony. So I propose to move Israel with its holy places to another area, preferable somewhere in the u.s. There will be from the Jewish caucus a lot of resistance. But also from instances that line up there pockets on every war. But in spite of this resistance we have to consider this option instead of waging a war against Iran or whatever country or group.

Posted by: jwh | February 26, 2007 4:14 AM

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