Special Edition of ABC's 'This Week,' Produced with U.Va. Miller Center, To Air Sunday

A special edition of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," produced with the University of Virginia's Miller Center, will air Sunday and focus on the question, "Is the U.S. Headed Toward Bankruptcy?"

Panelists debating the issue include:
• Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Senate Budget Committee
• Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), House Budget Committee
• Neil Barofsky, former special inspector general, Troubled Asset Relief Program
• Austan Goolsbee, former chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
• Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
• Kim Strassel, columnist and editorial board member, Wall Street Journal

Held before a live studio audience at the Newseum in Washington, the program will be moderated by ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

"Some European countries are threatened with bankruptcy, and several U.S. cities have declared bankruptcy," said Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center and former Virginia governor. "With its increasing debt and deficits, could the U.S. be headed toward bankruptcy? We are pleased to be partnering with ABC to tackle one of the most important issues of the current presidential campaign – how do we get our fiscal house in order?"

"With Paul Ryan's selection, this issue is front and center in the campaign and clearly a deciding factor for voters in this election," Jon Banner, senior executive producer of "This Week," said. "We couldn't be prouder to help shine a light on it with our friends at the Miller Center."

The panel will take questions from social media, and viewers are invited to post questions by Friday on Twitter to @ThisWeekABC and @Miller_Center or on Facebook pages for This Week and the Miller Center.
"This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and the Miller Center are teaming up to produce a series of programs on the key issues of the 2012 election. Previous discussions have explored the role of government in Americans' lives and the state of the economic recovery.
The Miller Center will create educational materials for each show topic, including white papers and blog posts written by leading scholars and lessons plans that middle-school and high-school teachers can use to educate students about election issues.

The show will air at 9 a.m. in Charlottesville (WVAW) and Richmond (WRIC), and at 10 a.m. in Washington (WJLA). For other areas, check local listings or visit the "This Week" website.

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