CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitt Romney will make his first appearance of the campaign season this Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," a move clearly intended to thrust himself back onto the main stage of the presidential campaign after ceding it to President Obama.
Mr. Romney has so far stuck mostly to interviews on the Fox News Channel and its "Fox News Sunday," hosted by Chris Wallace. So far, the only one of the Big Three network Sunday programs that he has granted an interview to is CBS's "Face the Nation" in June.
The "Meet the Press" appearance would seem to signal a new phase for Mr. Romney, when chances for exposure on network television — especially after his opponent's big week — must outweigh the risks of a stumble or gaffe.
Throughout history, "Meet the Press" has been a proving ground of sorts for presidential candidates, having pioneered the tough interview style where they are confronted with their own words from the past, splashed across the screen.
The interview, by the host David Gregory, is to be taped in New Hampshire this weekend.
Mr. Romney's relative absence from the campaign trail in recent days has even surprised Mr. Obama's aides, who expected him to inject himself into the campaign coverage out of Charlotte here and there. Instead, he has been busy preparing for next month's debates and, it appears, for "Meet the Press.'"