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Race for the White House

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The drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue.

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aired 114 days ago
The presidential election of 1976 pits the political establishment, represented by Republican President Gerald Ford, against the idealism of Democrat Jimmy Carter, the relatively unknown governor of Georgia.
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The 1912 race is an election between four remarkable candidates - former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, his anointed heir President William Howard Taft, scholarly and religious Democrat Woodrow Wilson, and Socialist Eugene Debs.
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The 1964 race is held in a country still reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and pits incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson against conservative Republican Barry Goldwater.
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The 2008 race sees freshman Senator Barack Obama go up against "maverick" Republican Senator John McCain.
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The 1980 race sees President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan having to fight off fierce challenges from within, as both parties struggle to re-invent themselves and use the global media spotlight to their advantage.
aired 150 days ago
Bill Clinton fights back against a tarnished image as adulterer and draft dodger to win the presidency.
aired 150 days ago
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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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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