Romney to make rare Sunday appearance

Mitt Romney, the most recent GOP nominee for president, is scheduled to make a rare Sunday show appearance this week in the wake of a cable news controversy surrounding a photo of one of his grandsons.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is to appear on “Fox News Sunday,” where he will also discuss the latest ObamaCare developments and potential security issues for next month’s Winter Olympics.

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The former GOP nominee has made just a handful of Sunday show appearances since he lost the 2012 election to President Obama, including a “Meet the Press” stint in November when he slammed the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Romney also stopped by “Fox News Sunday” last March, but has been less likely than other former presidential nominees to appear on the Sunday shows.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee, appeared two dozen times on Sunday shows in 2013 — the second most of any political figure, according to MSNBC.

Romney’s Sunday appearance comes shortly after Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts an MSNBC show, apologized for comments about the Romneys’ adopted, black grandson. A panel on Harris-Perry's show had joked about a photo of the family, calling it emblematic of Republican gatherings with a single "token" black member.

The 2012 nominee has also tried to distance the president’s healthcare law from the Massachusetts law — dubbed RomneyCare by some — enacted while he was governor. But conservatives questioned whether Romney would be able to challenge Obama on the Affordable Care Act successfully even before he captured the GOP nod in 2012.

Romney is also widely credited with shoring up the 2002 Winter Olympics, held in Salt Lake City. But he came under some fire during a 2012 trip to England for appearing to question whether London was ready for its Olympics that year.

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