Sunday shows: The return of Rove; Gibbs, Axelrod go on the offensive

Karl Rove will step back into the spotlight this weekend, appearing on two Sunday morning shows to promote his new memoir.

Rove, who has been a staunch defender of President Bush since he left office, acknowledges in Courage and Consequence that the president probably would not have gone to war with Iraq had he known there were no WMD's. But for the most part his tome is a steadfast defense of his former boss.

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Rove will discuss his book, and likely take a few shots at President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaEPA chief calls for 'aggressive' rollback of regulations at CPAC Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez Trump: I could not be happier for Perez or the GOP MORE, when he appears on both "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday" this week.

Meanwhile, the two top Democratic vote-counters -- Senate whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDems rip Trump administration for revoking Obama's transgender directive A guide to the committees: Senate McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' MORE (Ill.) and House whip James Clyburn (S.C.) -- will discuss healthcare reform on "Meet the Press." Expect guest host Tom Brokaw to press the two on what healthcare deal, if any, the two chambers can reach.

Roughly the same questions will be posed to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and a member of the House Democratic leadership, and House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Va.) when they appear on "Fox News Sunday."

The White House will send out two top aides to barnstorm the airwaves. Senior adviser David Axelrod will appear on "Meet the Press," "This Week," and CNN's "State of the Union."

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will chat with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" and Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

Both aides will likely be pressed on when the White House would like to see Congress finish its work on healthcare.


Following Gibbs on "Face the Nation" will be Karen Ignagni, the top lobbyist for the health insurance industry. Obama has been very vocal in his criticism of insurance companies for raising their rates. Look for Ignagni to defend her industry and discuss how healthcare should be changed to keep costs down.

Ignangi will have to answer to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who has been a lead spokeswoman for her party on healthcare reform.

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) will appear on CNN's "State of the Union" to make the case against Democrats' healthcare reform. BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE said Friday that no House Republicans would vote for the final bill.

Finally, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.) will talk to ABC's "This Week." Graham has been negotiating with the White House to reach a deal on closing Guantanamo. He's also met with the president recently to discuss immigration reform.