Just a day after announcing his vice presidential running mate, White House hopeful Mitt Romney will appear tonight with Paul Ryan on CBS’ 60 Minutes in their first joint interview. CBS News chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer sat down with the pair in North Carolina. The interview will not take up the entire hour of the highly-rated newsmagazine.
Looks like Paul Ryan’s selection as the presumptive GOP VP nominee has caused changes in more than just the Presidential race. CNN said today that they are going to change their Sunday programming schedule because the network wants to amp up its political coverage due to this latest twist in the White House race. State of the Union with Candy Crowley will now air live from 9–11 AM EST. The expanded political show will be followed by Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz, which stays in its regular slot, and then SOTU again at noon for an hour. That will be followed at 1 PM with a repeat of tonight’s 6 PM The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer. There was no word on how long this new schedule would be in place. Today’s changes to the Sunday lineup come one day after Fareed Zakaria GPS was pulled out of its regular Sunday 10 AM and 1 PM slots. The long running weekly show was pulled due to the host’s suspension for admitted plagiarism. Originally, the news network said yesterday that the changes would be broadcasts of Your Money With Ali Velshi would air in GPS’s 10 AM Sunday time slot and The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer will air in the show’s 1 PM slot.
There was a race on NBC tonight but it wasn’t simply an Olympic one. The network’s Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd came on air at 9:22 PM PT during the XXX Summer Olympics to announce that NBC News was calling Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s choice of Vice-Presidential candidate for this year’s Presidential race. Coming right in the middle of NBC’s highly coveted primetime Olympic coverage, Todd along with Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell broke into a track and field relay that was on at the time. As far as can be determined, ABC, CBS and Fox did not break into the episodes of 20/20, CSI:NY and Bones that they were respectively playing.