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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Guests 8-30-2009

George Wenschhof

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As one would expect and rightfully so, the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy will take center stage today.

It was his brother Robert Kennedy who inspired me to first become involved in politics at the age of 15, when he entered the presidential race in 1968. Some years later, around 1980, when I was working for the National Association of Counties (NACO) and living on the Hill, I first met Senator Ted Kennedy by happenstance, on the steps of the Capitol. He towered over me and a shy 27 year old said hello, only to be received by his big grin, friendly handshake and booming hello. Some years later, in 2002, I had the privilege to work for Robert Kennedy's daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend when she ran for Governor of Maryland. Ted Kennedy may have had his failings at times, but his inspiration for many of us and for those less fortunate will be missed, but not forgotten.

NBC "Meet The Press" - Dick Gregory will have Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) along with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Bob Schrum. Also appearing will be Doris Kearns Goodwin.

ABC "This Week" - George Stepanopoulos will have Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.).

The roundtable discussion will include Liz Cheney, George Will, Sam Donaldson, Gwen Ifill and EJ Dionne.

CBS "Face The Nation" - Bob Schieffer will have Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) along with Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

Fox News Sunday - Chris Wallace will break from the Kennedy remembrance by hosting former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The roundtable discussion will include Bill Kristol, Bill Sammon, Juan Williams and Mara Liasson.

CNN "State of The Union" - John King continues the tribute for Ted Kennedy when he welcomes Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Also appearing will be former Lt. Governor Robert Kennedy Jr., Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino.


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