Weekend Watchdog

Terrance Heath

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked. We’ll post a wrap-up here on the blog on Monday.

The last debate is behind them, and the candidates have entered the home stretch of the presidential race. For the watchdog, that probably means some interesting Sunday mornings between now and November 4th. Starting with this week’s guest line-up.

For Newt Gingrich (ABC, This Week): Just two weeks after you joined congregressional Republicans in calling for more deregulation — in the face of a financial crisis that many agree was made possible by insufficient regulation — the administration has followed Europe’s example and partially nationalized some banks. Secretary Paulson has defended the intervention, and President Bush admits to "recognizing reality" where the economy is concerned of late (and all but admited that sticking to his principles would have deepened the crisis. Former SEC chairman Harvey Pitt has declared U.S. banking regulations "outdated." And former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt blasted the agency for failing to keep pace with the market and failing to reign in risky behavior.

Is this, as some conservatives are calling it, the end of the Regan legacy?

For Sen. John McCain (Fox, Fox News Sunday): We’ve all, yourself included, learned a lot about Joe the Plumber in the days since the last presidential debate.Including that your opponent’s economic plan would most likely mean a tax cut for Joe.

Is that why tax cuts are now "handouts" according to the latest conservative talking points? Or is that only when they’re for averge Joes?

For Gen. Colin Powell (NBC, Meet the Press): Given that the administration is backing a U.S. Iraq agreement that would have combat troops out of Iraq by 2012, while the situation in Afghanistan has degenerate to the point of negotiating with the Taliban, what your assessment of the administration’s handling of the war on terror.

And if you don’t want to talk about Iraq, are there anything you’d care to announce?

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