‘This Week’ EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden in Iraq

By Jennifer Parker

Jul 2, 2009 12:35pm

I’m traveling in Iraq this week with Vice President Joe Biden as we go behind the scenes with the vice president in his new role as point person for the administration on Iraq. 

On Sunday I’ll have an exclusive "This Week" interview with Vice President Biden. 

And there’s plenty of news to talk about at home and abroad – the future of Iraq, the administration’s policy on Iran, the latest from Afghanistan, and, of course, the economy. Is the administration's stimulus package enough to deal with mounting job losses? 

This week President Obama assigned Biden to take the lead role on Iraq as U.S. forces pull back from Iraqi cities. This while the administration launches its first large-scale counter-insurgency offensive in Afghanistan,and political unrest in Iran challenges the Obama’s policy aims to engage the Iranian government in an effort to halt its nuclear weapons program.

The vice president’s new role as an unofficial envoy to Iraq expands a portfolio that includes everything from overseeing the implementation of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package to heading up a middle class task force.  

We’ve also got a terrific Roundtable. 

George Will is back.  He’ll be joined by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, the Washington Times' Tony Blankley, Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum, and former Bush-Cheney strategist and ABC News contributor Matthew Dowd  to talk about comedian turned Senator Al Franken and what his addition to the senate means for the Democrats and the latest on Governor Mark Sanford’s future in South Carolina.

You don't want to miss this show. See you Sunday morning.

–George Stephanopoulos

 

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