As the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination begins in earnest, candidates and possible candidates are beginning to dominate the guest list for the Sunday morning talk shows.
This weekend "Fox News Sunday" has two top-tier Republicans scheduled to appear. Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) is already declared himself a candidate. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) is making an announcement Saturday about his future, but he leads many polls of potential candidates.
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) is on ABC's "This Week." She's not running for president in 2012, but some have floated the idea that she would make a good running mate for the Republican nominee, and her state's primary could be the deciding factor in the primary.
CBS' "Face the Nation" will focus on policy over politics. House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election Ryan delays committee assignments until 2017 MORE (R-Ohio) is scheduled to be the guest.
The budget and debt will likely be the main topics on CNN's "State of the Union." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Healthcare: Burwell huddles with Dems on fighting ObamaCare repeal Reid: Bring back the earmarks MORE (R-Ky.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Healthcare: Burwell huddles with Dems on fighting ObamaCare repeal Reid: Bring back the earmarks Ryan: GOP won’t ‘pull the rug out’ from 'Dreamers' MORE (R-Wisc.) will be the featured guests.