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Narrated and co-executive produced by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, "Race for the White House" captures the high-stakes drama, dirty politics and Machiavellian schemes employed during history's most dramatic presidential elections. Using archival footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations, each hourlong episode tells the story of one presidential campaign, "a four-year, no-holds-barred battle to become the most powerful person in the world, culminating in a single night of heart pounding tension," says CNN. Among the races covered: Abraham Lincoln/Stephen Douglas, John F. Kennedy/Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush/Michael Dukakis.

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Lincoln's oratory and underhanded tactics gave him the chance to beat Stephen Douglas, one of the most formidable politicians of his generation.
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Vice President Bush deals with the scandal of Iran Contra while campaigning against Michael Dukakis with television attack ads that would sink the Democrat's presidential chances.
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John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon have the first televised presidential debate; one where presentation made as much of an impact as message, and may have cost Nixon the election.
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Bill Clinton fights back against a tarnished image as adulterer and draft dodger to win the presidency.

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