THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Pres. Obama Leading In Key Swing States; Gen. Colin Powell On What It Takes To Be A Leader; Mitt Romney’s Dismissal Of The 47 Percent

–Topics include: President Obama’s growing lead in the polls and in key swing states; General Colin Powell discusses what it take to be a leader; and the new conversation on poverty resulting from Romney’s dismissal of the “47 percent”

September 28, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – General Colin Powell and Iyanla Vanzant, host of “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” share insight on leadership and recreating yourself on WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN, Sunday, September 30 at 11 AM EDT/ 8 AM PDT.

Topics explored during the hour include: President Obama’s increased momentum in key swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Virginia; A voter suppression update on voting hurdles in the state of Ohio; and The Choice segment tackles the two visions President Obama and Mitt Romney have to address the housing crisis in America.

The Washington Watch roundtable engages in a lively debate over President Obama’s growing lead in the polls and the perils that complacency could bring at the polls. The journalist / commentator panel will include: Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist; Karen Finney, former DNC communications director and MSNBC contributor; Sophia Nelson, contributor; and Chris Metzler, Georgetown University political scientist.

Joining Martin to examine the increasing state of poverty in American is Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, an organization committed to applying faith to social justice. Reflecting on Romney’s comments about the “47 percent,” the show takes a look at the new documentary film, “The Line,” which follows four people who slipped into poverty through no fault of their own.

In this week’s segment of “The Choice,” Whose policies are better for supporting homeownership? The collapse in the housing market wiped out a staggering 53 percent of black wealth according to the Pew Research Center, and families that lost their homes due to foreclosure will be stuck with poor credit scores for years to come. Sam Fulwood, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Dedrick Muhammad, senior director of the economics department for the NAACP break down the two visions of President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Lastly, former secretary of state and four star General Colin Powell discusses the path to leadership; and Iyanla Vanzant visits Washington Watch to talk about her new show on OWN, “Iyanla, Fix My Life” and how to use your past to secure your future.

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