"Face the Nation" transcripts 2012

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December 30, 2012
Guests include Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, and CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes. Plus, a roundtable on the "fiscal cliff" and other political issues, with Time Magazine Columnist Joe Klein, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton Dee Dee Myers, and Time Magazine Executive Editor Michael Duffy.

December 23, 2012
Guests include: National Rifle Association President David Keene, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Senator-designate Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and actor Ben Affleck; plus, a panel with CBS News correspondents Major Garrett and Margaret Brennan, and Politico's Mike Allen.

December 16, 2012
Guests include: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt. Paul Vance, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Plus, a panel with Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, The Daily Beast's David Frum, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, LeHigh University's James Peterson; then, CBS News' Bob Orr, John Miller, Jim Axelrod, and Michelle Miller on the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

December 9, 2012
Guests include: Deficit reduction duo Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Then, a roundtable discussion with TIME Magazine's Joe Klein, Washington Post's Michael Gerson, CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett and "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell.

December 2, 2012
Guests include: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Then, a roundtable discussion with the Campaign to Fix the Debt's Maya MacGuineas, Moody's Mark Zandi, Rana Foroohar of TIME magazine, and CBS News political director John Dickerson.

November 25, 2012
Guests include: CBS Correspondent Holly Williams reporting from Cairo, a roundtable of fiction authors Gillian Flynn, David Baldacci, Chris Pavone and non-fiction author Alex Stone, and a roundtable of non-fiction authors Doris Kearns-Goodwin, Evan Thomas, Jon Meacham, and Bob Woodward

November 18, 2012
Guests include: CBS Correspondent Charlie D'agata from Gaza, CBS Correspondent Alan Pizzey from Tel Aviv, Senator John McCain, R-AZ, Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, Senator Olympia Snowe, R-ME, and a roundtable of David Ignatius, Thomas Ricks, John Dickerson, and Margaret Brennan.

November 11, 2012
Guests include: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Obama senior adviser David Axelrod and a roundtable of Peggy Noonan, David Gergen, Dee Dee Myers, and John Dickerson.

November 4, 2012
Guests include: Peggy Noonan, David Gergen, Dee Dee Myers, Rich Lowry, John Dickerson, Leslie Sanchez, Anna Greenberg, Stu Rothenberg, Larry Sabato and Anthony Salvanto.

October 28, 2012
Guests include: Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A roundtable includes Ruth Marcus with The Washington Post; Mark Lebovich with the New York Times Magazine; Bob Shrum, Democratic consultant contributor for the Daily Beast; John Fund with The National Review and CBS News' John Dickerson.

October 21, 2012
Guests include: Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter and Romney campaign aide Kevin Madden. A roundtable included Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, Time Magazine columnist Rick Klein, New York Times correspondent David Sanger and CBS News' John Dickerson.

October 14, 2012
Guests include: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. A roundtable includes David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Bay Buchanan of the Romney campaign, pollster Frank Luntz and CBS News' John Dickerson.

October 7, 2012
Guests include: Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod. A roundtable with The Washington Post's Michael Gerson, National Review's John Fund and CBS News' John Dickerson and Norah O'Donnell. A roundtable on baseball includes author Jane Leavy, former Dodgers' Manager Tommy Lasorda, former A's and Cardinal's Manager Tony La Russa and Peter Gammons with the MLB Network.

September 30, 2012
Guests includes: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingirch. A roundtable included University of Virginia's Larry Sabato, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and former Democratic consultant Bob Shrum. Another roundtable included economist Mark Zandi, education expert Michelle Rhee, author Hendrick Smith and journalist Bob Woodward.

September 23, 2012
Guest includes: Former President Bill Clinton. The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, political analyst David Gergen, Mother Jones journalist David Corn, Time Managing Editor Richard Stengal and CBS News' John Dickerson.

September 16, 2012
Guests include: Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., and a roundtable of Israeli Ambassador Martin Indyk, New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman, and Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

September 9, 2012
Guests include: President Barack Obama, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe. Roundtable participants include: CBS News political director John Dickerson, New York Times reporter David Sanger, former Bush speech writer David Gergen and former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Meyer.

September 2, 2012
Guests include: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter. Roundtable participants include: CBS News political director John Dickerson, Bloomberg's Trish Regan, Washington Post's Dan Balz and Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson.

August 26, 2012
Guests include: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Roundtable participants include: Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, National Review editor Rich Lowry, Washington Post reporter Dan Balz, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell, and CBS News political director John Dickerson.

August 19, 2012
Guests include: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, Neera Tanden with Center for American Progress. A roundtable with a roundtable with CBS News' John Dickerson, The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, historian Niall Ferguson and The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny. ProPublica's Kim Barker also joined the show.

August 12, 2012
Guests include: Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Plus, a roundtable with Ruth Marcus, Bob Shrum, David Frum, Michael Gerson and Roger Simon.

August 5, 2012
Guests include: Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., former Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Penn., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. Plus, an interview with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. And, a roundtable with Michael Crowley, Julianna Goldman, Nancy Cordes and Jan Crawford.

July 29, 2012
Guests include: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Penn State President Rodney Erickson, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

July 22, 2012
Guests include: Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also joined the program. A roundtable discussing the latest on the Colorado shooting includes CBS News correspondents John Miller, Bob Orr, Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson.

July 15, 2012
Guests include: The Obama campaign's Stefanie Cutter, Kevin Madden with the Romney campaign, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. Plus a panel on the economy with Rana Foroohar, Robert Reich, John Fund and Mark Zandi. Then, Michael Gerson, Frank Rich, and CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson on politics.

July 8, 2012
Guests include: Senator John McCain, R-Ariz.; Senator Dick Durbin,D-Ill.; former Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi; a political roundtable of Norah O'Donnell, Jan Crawford and John Dickerson of CBS News; a roundtable on baseball with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sports Illustrated senior editor Frank Deford, former All-Star Harold Reynolds, and ESPN's Jayson Stark.

July 1, 2012
Guests include: House Speaker John Boehner; Senators Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley; and a roundtable with Major Garrett, Jonathan Martin and CBS News' Jan Crawford and John Dickerson.

June 24, 2012
Guests include: Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Ronmey adviser Eric Ferhnstrom, and President Obama campaign deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. A roundtable on politics includes CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson, The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Time Magazine's Joe Klein.

June 17, 2012
Guests include: Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. A roundtable with Peggy Noonan, Rich Lowry and CBS News' Jan Crawford and John Dickerson.

June 10, 2012
Guests include: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Mike Rogers and journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

June 3, 2012
Guests include Obama Campaign Senior Strategist David Axelrod, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), Columnist and former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, New York Times reporter David Sanger and Newsweek reporter Daniel Klaidman.

May 27, 2012
Guests include President Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, Mitt Romney senior campaign adviser Ed Gillespie, and Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). A roundtable on presidents include Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, authors of "The President's Club," Robert Merry, author of "Where They Stand" and Douglas Brinkley, author of "Cronkite."

May 20, 2012
Guests include Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Mark Warner (D-VA). A roundtable on foreign policy includes Thomas Friedman and CBS News' Clarissa Ward. A political discussion with CBS News' John Dickerson and Norah O'Donnell round out the show.

May 13, 2012
Guests include Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson; Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; former Bush political adviser and Newsweek contributor Mark McKinnon; Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry; "American Idol" singer and activist Clay Aiken; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; and a Mother's Day panel with Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, former Obama communications director Anita Dunn, Melinda Henneberger of the Washington Post, and CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell.

May 6, 2012
Guests include former former Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Then the Democratic take with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. Zbigniew Brzezinski on the Chinese dissident situation, and a politics panel on Campaign 2012.

April 29, 2012
Guests: Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and Governor Jerry Brown, D-Calif. Also: A roundtable of terrorism experts, including journalists Graham Allison and Peter Bergen, The Washington Post's David Ignatius and CBS News' John Miller; and CBS News' John Dickerson hosts a Google+ Hangout on immigration.

April 22, 2012
Guests: Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., former Secret Service Director Ralph Basham, Sen. Tom Coburn R-Okla., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas on the April 22nd edition of "Face the Nation." Stephanie Cutter and Eric Fehrnstrom also appeared. Panelists included Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Major Garrett, Melinda Henneberger, Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson.

April 15, 2012
Guests: Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Senator John McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Also: A roundtable on politics including CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus; and Time Magazine's Toure and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson discuss the Trayvon Martin case.

April 8, 2012
Guests: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Catholic Church; Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Ethnic Commission; Luis Cortes Junior, president of Esperanza; Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles; Sally Quinn, founder and head of The Washington Post on Faith website; and Newsweek magazine's Andrew Sullivan. Also: A report on how the Internet is changing how people worship; and Morley Safer on the passing of legendary journalist Mike Wallace

April 1, 2012
Guests: Vice President Joe Biden; Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul; and a roundtable featuring Romney strategist Kevin Madden, PBS's Gwen Ifill, and CBS News' legal analyst Jan Crawford and political director John Dickerson

March 25, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Guest host: CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell

March 18, 2012
Guests: President Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee; and a roundtable with CBS News correspondent Norah O'Donnell, former head of the RNC Ed Gillespie, and National Review editor Rich Lowry

March 11, 2012
Guests: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; President Obama's senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs; and a roundtable with CBS News correspondents Norah O'Donnell and David Martin

March 4, 2012
Guests: Governor Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; presidential candidates Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Feb. 26, 2012
Guests: Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J.; and Governor Marin O'Malley, D-Md.

Feb. 19, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum; and a roundtable with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson, the Detroit Free Press' Todd Spangler and Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post

Feb. 12, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, R-Texas; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; and White House Chief-of-Staff Jack Lew. Also: CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward

Feb. 5, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Boston Globe reporter and co-author of "The Real Romney," Michael Kranish; and CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson

Jan. 29, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.; Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.; former presidential candidate Donald Trump; humorist Dave Barry; Marc Caputo of The Miami Herald; and CBS News political director John Dickerson

Jan. 22, 2012
Guests: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Wall Street Journal columnist Kelly Evans; and Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein

Jan. 15, 2012
Guests: GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum; Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; and journalist Jodi Kantor, author of "The Obamas"

Jan. 8, 2012
Guests: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Jan. 1, 2012
Guests: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Former Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla.; Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.; David Yepsen, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute; Mike Allen, Politico chief White House correspondent; Norah O'Donnell, CBS News chief White House correspondent; and John Dickerson, CBS News political director


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