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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Lineup

George Wenschhof

Expect most of the discussion Sunday morning to be focused on the proposed budget submitted by President Obama earlier in the week and the ongoing battle for the Republican Party nomination for president.

What should receive attention is the passage of same-sex marriage bills in New Jersey and Maryland this week. New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie responded with a veto of the legislation, while Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley focused his energy on corralling the necessary votes to ensure passage. Maryland and New Jersey became the 8th and 9th states to pass same-sex marriage.

Look to see the controversy surrounding health insurance and women's contraception also be discussed. Republicans did not help their position with women with their stance on the issue. Andrea Mitchell is on NBC "Meet the Press". So, look for her to further discuss the "joke" made by Santorum financial backer Foster Friess about women using "an aspirin between their legs" for birth control.

The ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan and the upheaval in Syria deserves discussion along with the continued threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons.

Below is a list of the programs and their scheduled guests.

NBC "Meet The Press" - Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

Roundtable with Ed Gillespie, Al Hunt, Helene Cooper and Andrea Mitchell

ABC "This Week" - Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) and former W.H. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Roundtable with George Will, Jonathan Karl, Lou Dobbs, Dee Dee Myers and Clarence Page

CBS "Face The Nation" - Rick Santorum

Roundtable with Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Karen Tumulty and Todd Spangler.

CNN "State of The Union" - Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) and rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Former CIA director Michael Hayden and Ed Walker, former ambassador to Egypt and Israel. Also, Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks.

Fox News Sunday - Newt Gingrich and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)


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