Coming Up on FOX News Sunday

Chris Wallace

Sunday, December 17, 2006

On Fox News Sunday this week: As Democrats prepare to take the reins of Congress and ready their agenda, we will speak with one of the most influential and senior Democratic voices in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA).

In his first ever FOX News Sunday interview, we will discuss Sen. Kennedy’s views on the next steps in the war in Iraq, the domestic agenda and the 2008 Democratic Presidential field. Additionally, we will with speak with a military leader and a corporate CEO who are working together on a new strategy to cure the nation of its dependence on foreign oil.

Our guests this week include:

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Incoming Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and president of FedEx
Gen. P.X. Kelley, a former commandant of the Marine Corps.

In the weeks leading up to the 2006 midterm election, Sen. Edward Kennedy called this year’s vote the “most important” in his lifetime. Now, with Democrats in control of the Senate, the Massachusetts “liberal lion” is set to take charge of an influential committee charged with dealing with everything from education to stem cell research to health care. What are his top priorities for the 110th Congress? And with President Bush developing a new strategy for the war in Iraq, we will get Sen. Kennedy’s views on the path forward. Is there a strategy for victory or does the U.S. need to withdraw troops as soon as possible? We will also discuss the possible impact of Sen. Tim Johnson’s (D-SD) medical condition on the balance of power in the Senate in a rare, one-on-one interview with the Massachusetts senior senator.

Then, legislators on both sides of the aisle argue that U.S. dependence on foreign oil is a significant threat to national security, but is there a strategy to cure the nation of its addiction? With the U.S. currently importing more than 60 percent of its oil from foreign countries, a coalition of political, business and military leaders have formed the Energy Security Leadership Council and are calling for a new plan to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign petroleum. The plan calls for concessions from the right on auto emissions standards and from the left on increased drilling, but will the Council’s plan solve our problems? For answers, we turn to the Council co-Chairmen, Frederick W. Smith, chairman and president of FedEx and Gen. P.X. Kelley, a former commandant of the Marine Corps.

Our Fox News Sunday panel will then discuss the possible political fallout from Sen. Johnson’s medical condition as well as the latest events in Iraq. We will be joined by the panel regulars including, FOX News Managing Editor Brit Hume, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, NPR Senior National Correspondent Juan Williams and NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Finally, our power player this week is seeking pay respects to every one of America’s veterans at cemeteries and monuments across the country. We will speak to Morrill Worcester.

So check your local listings and we'll see you on the next FOX News Sunday,
Chris Wallace