Next Stop for Republican Ticket: ’60 Minutes’

Mitt Romney (left) and Paul Ryan in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday (Photo: AP)

Probable Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and newly announced running mate Paul Ryan have agreed to give their first joint TV interview to CBS.

The two will be seen Sunday night (Aug. 12) on “60 Minutes” (7/6c) in an interview conducted earlier in the day by Bob Schieffer, anchor of “Face the Nation” and CBS’s chief Washington correspondent.

CBS announced the interview Sunday morning.

Schieffer was scheduled to link up Sunday with Romney and Ryan in High Point, N.C., as they begin the final months of campaigning in the wake of Romney’s announcement Saturday in Virginia that he’s chosen the Wisconson congressman to be his vice presidential running mate.

Among the topics we assume Schieffer will address in this timely interview: The reactions — particularly the negative ones voiced on the Sunday morning news shows and elsewhere by Democrats and other supporters of President Obama — to Romney’s choice of Ryan.

The news-making interview, evidently arranged just in the last 24 hours or less, could provide some rare competition for NBC’s London Olympics coverage, which concludes Sunday night with, among other things, a spectacular, star-studded closing ceremony.

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