Kirsten Gillibrand, standing in for Hilary Rosen, will debate Michele Bachmann on ‘Meet the Press’

Kirsten Gillibrand at Personal Democracy Forum. (Personal Democracy via flickr)
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Instead of Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen, this Sunday's "Meet the Press" will feature a debate between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Michele Bachmann.

Rosen, after inflaming a debate over women in the workplace this week, apparently thought the better of prolonging the conversation about her comments, and tweeted this morning that she would be staying home with her children instead. 

That was welcome news to Democrats, who find themselves momentarily on the defensive on what has been a winning narrative about a Republican "war on women." 

Gillibrand, one of the earliest and most prominent Democratic carriers of the "war on women" message, had been in talks about appearing even before Rosen was booked, and said on Twitter that she's looking forward to it.

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A spokesperson for NBC said the debate would be "about the fight over women voters and how the so-called gender gap will be a factor in the 2012 election."

Gillibrand and Bachmann will appear after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and before a roundtable that includes Harold Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman who ran an aborted, aggressively critical campaign against Gillibrand in early 2010.