Sunday Talks, 7/8/12

This fall’s elections and this summer’s legislative priorities lead the Sunday television talk shows, as Congress prepares to return from a week-long Fourth of July recess and President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney exchange blows over the nation’s stubbornly slow economic recovery.

CNN’s “State of the Union” has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, now a senior adviser to the Obama reelection campaign.

Additionally, former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, stop by to dissect Friday’s weak unemployment report for June.

ABC’s “This Week” hosts Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a prominent Republican surrogate for Romney, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” has Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who joins the program from Monaco, where he’s on an overseas congressional trip, as well as Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” is preempted this Sunday by sports coverage of the Tour de France bicycle race.