By Eric Zimmermann - 07/25/09 10:30 AM EDT
Can Democrats muscle through major healthcare reform? That question will likely dominate the airwaves during this weekend's Sunday morning shows, as key lawmakers from across the ideological spectrum sound off on the Democrats' proposals.
On CBS's "Face The Nation," White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod will push the president's case that healthcare reform should pass sooner the later. Listen carefully, however, to see if Axelrod reiterates the president's demand that a bill pass before the August recess.
George Stephanopoulos will query Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on ABC's "This Week." Conrad, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has expressed doubts about the cost of the plans working their way through key committees. DeMint, meanwhile, made headlines when he called healthcare reform Obama's "Waterloo" moment.
On CNN's "State of the Union," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will talk to John King, who will likely ask Pelosi about how the House leadership can alleviate the concerns of fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats.
Later, King will interview Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will presumably express his doubts that a plan hovering around or above $1 trillion can pass the Senate. And expect McConnell to face at least a few questions on his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Domestic policy, however, won't completely dominate the Sunday airwaves. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear on "Meet the Press," where host David Gregory will undoubtedly press her on the State Department's policy toward Iran and North Korea.
Finally, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will sit down with "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace. Other than pressing the administration's case on healthcare, Gibbs may face questions about President Obama's controversial remarks about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates.