CBS’s Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer has nabbed the first joint interview with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly announced vice president selection, Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan.
The interview will take place today in High Point, North Carolina, and will air tonight just a few hours later, on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
The network tweeted this morning that Schieffer was on his way to High Point, highlighting the segment’s last-minute planning. Instead of hosting his normal morning segment on Face the Nation, the CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent was preparing for the interview. Nancy Cordes subbed for Schieffer, and hosted a debate between Stephanie Cutter of the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign’s Eric Fehrnstrom.
According to The New York Times, Schieffer’s interview will not take up the whole hour of 60 Minutes; Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes, said Schieffer will conduct a half-hour interview which will be pared down to 15 or 16 minutes.
“We had been talking to the campaign for months about being the first broadcast to interview Governor Romney’s running mate,” Fager told the NYT.