Friday, November 28th, 2014

Ukraine, CPAC focus of March 9 Sunday shows

Fresh from delivering remarks at CPAC 2014, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will appear on two March 9 news shows. AP file photo.
Fresh from delivering remarks at CPAC 2014, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will appear on two March 9 news shows. AP file photo.

Expect to hear lots of chatter on the Sunday news shows about the latest developments in Ukraine and the future of conservative politics.

Fox News Sunday brings in former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to talk about Ukraine and relations with Russia. House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich, will join ABC’s This Week to dish on the same topic.

CBS' Face the Nation boasts an exclusive interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was in office in 2008 when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Georgia. Cheney and former former Secretary of State James Baker will talk about what the U.S. should do in response to Putin's latest actions in the region.

CNN’s State of the Union host Candy Crowley will interview Žygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuanian ambassador to the U.S., and Marina Kaljurand, Estonian ambassador to the United States.

Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, is pulling double duty, appearing on NBC's Meet the Press as well as State of the Union.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is a big deal at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week and will appear on both ABC and Fox for interviews. He will be joined on ABC by another potential 2016 GOP front-runner, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

We, uh, wouldn’t be surprised if they talk about Obamacare. Or fight about foreign policy.

Another headliner from CPAC, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will talk about his budget proposal compared to Obama's on Face the Nation, as well as his approach to handling poverty and his plans for 2016.

CBS' Face the Nation boasts an exclusive interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was in office in 2008 when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Georgia. Cheney and former former Secretary of State James Baker will talk about what the U.S. should do in response to Putin's latest actions in the region.

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will talk on CNN about his attempt to retake the governor’s seat -- this time running as a Democrat -- from Gov. Rick Scott this November.

As for news features, This Week goes artistic with the story of Misty Copeland, who is the first African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in 20 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, joins NBC host David Gregory to talk about the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis taking the helm of the Roman Catholic Church.

Before you settle in for the shows, get up to speed with the Ukraine-Russia crisis with our fact checker’s guide.

Roundtable guests

Fox News Sunday: Columnist and Fox contributor George Will, former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., former Gov. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Time magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar.

ABC This Week: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and former Obama advisor David Plouffe.

NBC’s Meet the Press: NBC chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, National Journal senior political columnist and editorial director Ron Fournier, and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

CNN’s State of the Union: The Hill associate editor AB Stoddard, CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson, CNN political commentator Donna Brazile.

CBS' Face the Nation: National Review's Rich Lowry, CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan, New York Times reporter Peter Baker, and Bloomberg View's Jeffrey Goldberg.