Sunday Talks, 12/18/11

Sigh… Yet another Sunday dominated by Republicans.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney heads to “Fox News Sunday” this weekend for his first Sunday show interview in more than a year.

Also making the rounds ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses are Romney rivals Jon Huntsman on CNN’s “State of the Union” and Michele Bachmann on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

NBC also has House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to discuss the congressional end-of-session deals and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has just endorsed Romney. And CNN also interviews Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

CBS’s “Face the Nation” weighs in with yet another GOP presidential contender, Newt Gingrich, who’s surged in recent polls.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “This Week,” kicks off its “Great American Debate” series — six shows between now and Election Day, focusing on major issues of the presidential race. The inaugural debate pits House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and columnist George Will against Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. The two sides will spar over entitlements, taxes and regulations before a live studio audience at the Newseum in Washington.

Christiane Amanpour is the moderator — in one of her final stints as the show’s anchor. She’s being replaced next month by “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos, ABC announced on Monday.