This Sunday: Continuing questions as to the state of America’s two wars as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns home from her trip to the Middle East. In Afghanistan, an increase in arrests of top Taliban leaders, just days after a new offensive in the south. Are we winning that war?
And what role does Pakistan play in the fight against Al Qaeda? In Iraq, what is the state of that nation’s security, just weeks before critical parliamentary elections? And as sectarian violence continues, when can the remaining U.S. troops — now at their lowest level since the 2003 invasion — finally come home? In an exclusive “Meet The Press” interview, we’ll ask the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus.
Then, one year after Pres. Obama signed the stimulus bill, when will the U.S economy finally turn around? What more needs to be done to get Americans back to work? And as Conservatives meet this weekend in Washington, what is the future direction of the Republican party and who will emerge as its leader?
Plus, as Republicans hope to see strong gains in this year’s midterm elections, what does the GOP need to do to convince voters they are ready to take back control of Congress? We’ll have an exclusive conversation with an often-mentioned potential 2012 Presidential contender, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.
Also, increased frustration with Washington outside and inside the beltway and fresh announcements of political retirements put the future of both political parties in question. What is the outlook for the upcoming 2010 elections?
Can Pres. Obama create a true bipartisan dialogue in Washington? And can Congress come together long enough to pass a jobs bill and health care reform?
Political roundtable weighs in: Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne, Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
“MEET THE PRESS”
WEEKEND LISTINGS (2/21/10)
GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS
Commander, U. S. Central Command
GOV. TIM PAWLENTY (R-MN)
E. J. DIONNE
Columnist, Washington Post
Columnist, Wall Street Journal
REP. MIKE PENCE (R-IN)
Chairman, House Republican Conference
REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD)
Chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
David Gregory is the moderator of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer. Rebecca Samuels and Chris Donovan are the producers