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Christiane Amanpour in Talks with ABC?

amanpour_3-5.jpgPolitico’s Michael Calderone reports this afternoon that CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is in talks with ABC News for the vacant moderator spot on “This Week.”

Amanpour, through a spokesperson declined to comment, but sources with knowledge of the hiring process say she’s now in the mix of internal and external candidates ABC is considering to replace George Stephanopoulous, who left for “Good Morning America” in December.

Amanpour, known for her international reporting and interviews with world leaders, recently got her own show on CNN in September, “Amanpour,” which airs Sundays in the U.S. and every evening on CNNI. ABC has been rotating anchors since Stephanopoulos’ departure (Matthew Dowd hosts this Sunday).

A CNN spokesperson declined to comment on the report, and an ABC spokesperson told Politico that ABC News “talked to lots of people inside and outside.”

More: Insiders tell us that ABC News President David Westin held an open meeting with the DC bureau today and was asked about the Amanpour rumor. He told the staff that no decision had been made and that they’d “been talking to several people inside and outside ABC.” Westin said he expected a decision to be made “in a few weeks.”

Matt Dowd to Host ‘This Week’ This Week

Dowd_2.25.jpgChief strategist of the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign and current ABC News contributor and political analyst Matthew Dowd will fill the rotating moderator seat on ABC’s “This Week” this Sunday, TVNewser has learned.

Dowd is the first non-anchor or correspondent to moderate the program since it began rotating hosts after George Stephanopoulos left the program for “Good Morning America.” It will be Dowd’s first time anchoring a program.

ABC News tells us, “Since joining ABC in 2007, Matthew Dowd has provided independent and fair analysis on issues confronting the country. He has tremendous ability to speak to and understand all sides of an issue.”

Dowd, who often appears on the show’s roundtable, joined ABC News in December 2007 after working more than 30 years in politics. In addition to his role with ABC, he consults for general non-political companies and foundations.

Stephanopoulos & Co. Make Their Picks

This morning on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the roundtable made their predictions as to the outcome of Tuesday night.

Mark Halperin, Time Magazine
Electoral Vote — 349 Obama
Senate — 59 Democratic seats
House — Democrats net 28 House seats

Matthew Dowd, former Republican strategist:
Electoral Vote — 338 plus Obama
Senate — 8 plus pick up for Democrats
House — 17 plus pickup for Democrats

George Will, ABC News contributor:
Electoral Vote — 378 Obama
Senate — 8 pickups for the Democrats
House — 21 pickups for the Democrats

Donna Brazile, former Democratic strategist:
Electoral Vote — Obama 343
Senate — Democrats 59 plus runoff
House — Democrats pick up 29

George Stephanopoulos:
Electoral Vote — 353 Obama
Senate — 58, or 59 if there’s a run-off in Georgia.
House — 264 House Democrats (+28)

For what it’s worth Pres. Clinton won 370 electoral votes in 1992, 379 electoral votes in 1996. Pres. Bush won 271 electoral votes in 2000 and 286 electoral votes in 2004.

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