Face the Nation this Sunday: Live from Miami
This Sunday is a special one-hour edition of Face the Nation live from Miami, Florida. This Sunday's guests are Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Presidential Candidate, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Businessman Donald Trump, Florida Congressmen Republican Allen West and Mario Diaz-Balart, CBS News' Political Director John Dickerson, Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy, Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald and Florida native, humorist Dave Barry.
It's the Sunshine state's time to shine. The political world looks at Tuesday's Florida primary as a major fork in the Republican road to the White House. With more than 50 delegates available to the winner and 29 electoral votes available in the fall's general election, Florida is the biggest and most important state so far to hold a primary.
With Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum each winning one of the first three primaries, Florida could be the kingmaker - but the road has been rough - with millions of dollars of hard-hitting negative attack ads in both English and Spanish - the campaign has gotten nasty.
"There is something so grotesquely hypocritical about the Romney campaign that I think it's just going to melt down over the next six or eight weeks as the American people learn more about him," said former House Speaker Gingrich delivering a blistering attack against Romney and his allies for falsehoods in television attack ads.
"I think you should recognize that having differences of opinions on issues does not justify labeling people with highly charged epithets," said Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts in the last debate, pushing back against Gingrich's labeling him the most "anti-immigrant" candidate.
One big concern about Florida is how the winner of the Republican field would fare in the Fall while campaigning in Florida against President Barack Obama. Are the Republican attacks on each other (violating Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment, that Republicans shouldn't attack each other) helping President Obama?
For the latest in the fight for the Republican nomination and how the party infighting could affect the eventual nominee will be among the topics discussed as the party chairs, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Reince Priebus join Bob Schieffer.
Michele Bachmann just announced she will run for a 4th term in Congress after dropping out the Presidential race after the Iowa caucus. What does she think of the race now that only four candidates remain? Can she support one of the remaining Republicans? She'll join Bob to give her take on what's happened in the race since she suspended her campaign.
One candidate who briefly led the polls, but has yet to announce, is real estate mogul Donald Trump. In his new book, Time to Get Tough, he says he may run for President if the economy is still in bad shape and if the Republicans nominate the wrong candidate. In his book, Trump makes a broad case against Barack Obama and for having a businessman as president.
"The reason this country is an economic disaster right now is because Barack Obama doesn't understand how wealth is created," he writes. "Here's my message to Obama: America is a capitalist country. Get over it and get on with it," wrote Trump.
What does Donald Trump have to say about the Republican race? Will he or won't he get into the race? Which candidate would Trump say "you're fired" to? Those will be among the issues discussed as Donald Trump sits down with Bob Schieffer.
Tea Party favorite, Rep. Allen West, and Romney supporter, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, will join Bob to discuss the role of the tea party and the role of the large Hispanic community in the Republican primary and the general election. Will the Tea Party be as big a force in 2012 as it was in 2010? Will the anti-immigration rhetoric come back to hurt Republicans in the fall?
And, it wouldn't be a trip to Florida without a visit from Miami's own Dave Barry.
Barry, a syndicated columnist, has written 30 books, including I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) and Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why is there a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar? among others.
In his year-in-review column, Barry looked back on the political scene of 2011: "President Obama, whose instinctive reaction to pretty much everything that happens, including sunrise, is to deliver a nationally televised address, delivered numerous nationally televised addresses on the economy, but somehow these did not do the trick. Neither did the approximately 37 million words emitted by the approximately 249 Republican-presidential-contender televised debates, out of which the single most memorable statement made was, quote: 'Oops.'"
It's an action packed show ahead of the Florida Republican primary - Wasserman Schultz, Preibus, Bachmann, Trump, and more -- only on Face the Nation.
- Robert Hendin
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