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Chris Jansing to ‘MTP’ Staff: ‘It’s Been a Long Year, But Great Things Are Ahead’

JansingMTPFollowing her fill-in stint on “Meet the Press” Sunday, NBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing sent an email to the MTP staff to thank them for making her feel welcome. “I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t watch Meet The Press,” Jansing wrote. “And moving to the White House a scant six weeks ago, it never crossed my mind that I would be hosting it.” Jansing, along with MTP EP Rob Yarin and senior editor Shawna Thomas traveled to Guatemala last week to cover Sen. Rand Paul‘s mission to perform eye surgeries on those who otherwise couldn’t have afforded it. The interview aired on “Meet the Press” Sunday and will be turned into a half-hour special airing this weekend on MSNBC. Chuck Todd takes over as moderator Sept. 7. He’s back on MSNBC this morning hosting his “Daily Rundown.”

Read Jansing’s note after the jump…

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Chris Jansing’s Interview with Senator, Doctor, Possible Presidential Contender Rand Paul

JansingPaulNBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing was in Guatemala this week, accompanying Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on his first international medical mission. Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, performed eye surgeries on people in need. Jansing will report on the humanitarian and political ramifications of the trip, as Paul eyes a run for the White House in 2016.

Jansing conducted multiple interviews with Sen. Paul exploring his political motivations for the mission in addition to immigration reform, U.S. health care, education, and 2016 politics. The interview will air this Sunday on “Meet the Press.” As we told you yesterday, Jansing will host Sunday’s program.

‘Today’ Gets Backstage at TIME 100

The “Today” show had a backstage pass for last night’s TIME 100 gala in New York. Matt Lauer conducted interviews with the honorees and a segment aired this morning. Joining Vice President Joe Biden, Marissa Mayer, Jimmy Fallon, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Rand Paul, Lena Dunham and Daniel Day-Lewis a the event were tvnewsers including CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, Barbara Walters, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Willie Geist and Alina Cho. By next year’s TIME 100, the magazine will likely be part of a new company, spun off from Time Warner, which Managing Editor Rick Stengel acknowledged in his speech, “An independent Time Inc. will show the power of great journalism, the power of great content to pay for itself.”

Kentucky Senate Candidates to Debate on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Fox Broadcast Channel and Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday” will host a live debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates from Kentucky, Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul. The debate is slated for Sunday, October 3, with anchor Chris Wallace moderating.

The New York Times reports that there will be no audience, and that Wallace will be the only one asking questions. FNC will be partnering with local Fox affiliate Fox 41 on the debate, with the local station hosting the program that week.

Earlier this year, Wallace moderated a debate between the Florida Republican hopefuls, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. Rubio won the primary, and Crist is now running as an independent.

Christine O’Donnell Cancels Sunday Show Appearances

odonnell091710.jpgThe Sunday morning public affairs shows are a regular stop for politicians in the middle of campaigns. In the last set of primary elections, Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell was the surprise winner of the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

So it would make sense that she would make an appearance or two (or five, or seven) on the Sunday morning shows before the general election in November.

Indeed, O’Donnell was scheduled to be a guest on CBS’ “Face The Nation” and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow.

This morning, however, O’Donnell canceled both appearances, choosing instead to return to Delaware to campaign.

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Rand Paul Cancels Meet The Press Appearance

rand-paul-5-21.jpgKentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this Sunday.

MTP’s executive producer Betsy Fischer tells The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein:

“We booked him on Wednesday. Everything was set and then his press person emailed this afternoon that he was very sorry but he wants to cancel the interview. We tried appealing to the press person to not much avail,” Fischer said.

Paul, who has been a hot topic in the national news this week after an interview on “The Rachel Maddow Show” went viral, would be only the third person in the program’s history to have canceled at the last minute, according to HuffPost. The others? Louis Farrakhan and Saudi Arabian prince Bandar bin Khaled al-Faisal.