President Obama laid out his plans for a troop draw-down in Afghanistan this week. We’ll talk to a dissenting voice in Congress, Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Then, with budget talks in Washington officially stalled, how will Congress address the deficit, and an impending deadline for raising the debt ceiling? We’ll speak first with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; then to conservative Sen. Jim DeMint.
Finally, we’ll talk presidential politics with Bill Burton, former deputy press secretary for President Obama, and Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
One of President Obama's closest advisers, David Axelrod, shows us around his Chicago office and engages Candy in a wide-ranging discussion about the paintings and photographs on his wall, his daughter and family, his start in politics, Roger Ailes and much more.
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On our radar: The weakening of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Rick Perry mulling a presidential run.
Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod at 9am/12pm ET.
SECRETARY ROBERT GATES
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he prepared to depart the government for the second time, said in an interview on Friday that the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had made him far more wary about unleashing the might of the American armed forces.
Join us this Sunday for an extended interview with out-going Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in one of the last sit-down interviews of his distinguished career in public service.
Plus, an exclusive chat with one of President Obama’s closest advisers. David Axelrod sits down with Candy in Chicago to discuss the president’s chances of re-election and assess the field of GOP candidates after their first debate.
Jon Huntsman is just days away from formally entering the 2012 GOP presidential race.
Candy Crowley talks about what she'll be watching for at Monday's CNN New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate.