By Jordan Fabian - 09/26/09 01:08 PM EDT
After spending months atop the headlines, healthcare reform will take a back seat to two weighty foreign policy matters on this Sunday’s talk shows.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump: I have 'very good' marital history Gingrich to Trump: Don't bring up Bill Clinton's affairs in debate The Trail 2016: Just a little kick MORE, and several top lawmakers will discuss Iran’s newly revealed nuclear facility and Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s leaked report warning America’s mission in Afghanistan will fail if more troops are not sent.
President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObamas welcome Olympians to White House Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Obama pushes to end solitary confinement; states led the way. MORE, appearing at the G-20 summit on Friday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, called on Iran to dismantle the underground program and prove to the world it will comply with international law.
Gates will also offer a glimpse at the Obama administration’s Afghan strategic review. The president has yet to decide whether or not to send more troops to the war-torn nation, opting to re-tool the military’s overall strategy there before making a determination on troop levels.
Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos last week that he will assess the conflict and see “if by sending young men and women into harm's way, we are defeating al-Qaeda.”
“[If] that can be shown to a skeptical audience, namely me… we will do what's required to keep the American people safe,” he added.
Secretary of State Clinton is expected to discuss similar issues during her appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Over on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” her husband and former President Clinton will answer questions on Afghanistan, the economy, and health reform.
In an excerpt of his pre-taped interview released by NBC, Clinton said that news of the Iranian nuclear facilities was a “healthy” step in the process of preventing the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.
A number of key senators are set to opine on the best course of action in Afghanistan.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE (R-Ariz.), the Senate Armed Services Committee’s ranking member, will talk to Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” The 2008 GOP presidential nominee is pressing Obama to send additional forces to aid allied troops already stationed there.
McCain’s Senate ally Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override McConnell opens door to changing 9/11 bill MORE (R-S.C.) will sit down with Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.” Graham is also a member of the Armed Services Committee.
On "Fox News Sunday," Senate Select Intelligence Committee members Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override WH tried to stop Intel Dems' statement on Russian hacking: report MORE (D-Calif.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) will talk Afghanistan and will most likely be asked about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee member Jim Webb (D-Va.) will join David Gregory on NBC to give their thoughts on how the president should alter the military’s Afghan plan. Look for Gregory to ask the duo how the president should proceed with Iran.
Though Iran and Afghanistan will take up most of the airtime this Sunday, healthcare will gets its due on “State of the Union.” Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerOvernight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes Dem leaders defend overriding 9/11 bill veto GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override MORE (R-Tenn.) will debate Senate Finance Committee chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusChina moves to lift ban on US beef Overnight Healthcare: Zika fight stalls government funding talks | Census finds big drop in uninsured | Mental health bill faces wait Glover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft MORE’ (D-Mont.) reform plan that started its markup this week.
Candidates running in New York and Virginia’s high-stakes gubernatorial races also will appear on two Sunday shows.
“Meet the Press” will host New York Gov. David Paterson (D), an incumbent facing a tough re-election battle that became even harder after reports that Obama requested he step aside from the race.
Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) will talk to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about his campaign in a former “red state” that has trended Democratic in recent years.