How 'Face The Nation' got its Boehner interview

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John Dickerson will have John Boehner on 'Face The Nation' this Sunday.

Minutes after news of John Boehner's resignation broke, the House speaker's office put in a call to "Face The Nation."

Earlier in the week, Boehner had agreed to do a taped interview on Friday about Pope Francis' visit to Washington, the possibility of a government shutdown and other news of the week, CBS sources said. Boehner couldn't do it live on Sunday because, like so many lawmakers, he intended to leave the District for the weekend.

Then, Boehner announced his resignation. Shortly after, around 9:30 a.m., his office called "Face" and informed them that the speaker's schedule had changed and he would be available for a live, in-studio interview with host John Dickerson on Sunday.

The Boehner booking kicks off a jam-packed Sunday lineup for CBS News, where the all-star roster caps off a historic week in American politics and international affairs. Dickerson will also interview Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Sunday. Later that night, on the season premiere of "60 Minutes," Charlie Rose will interview Russian President Vladimir Putin, while Scott Pelley will interview Donald Trump.

But Sunday will be a major day for the other public affairs programs as well, especially on the 2016 front: On NBC's "Meet The Press," Chuck Todd will hold interviews with both Hillary Clinton and GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina, who has surged in the polls in the wake of a commanding performance at last week's CNN debate.

On "Fox News Sunday," Chris Wallace will interview Jeb Bush, while on CNN's "State of the Union" Jake Tapper will talk to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Ben Carson and Martin O'Malley. (ABC News has yet to announce their lineup for "This Week.")


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