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This six episode mini series helps us revisit history by giving us a look inside some of the most notable presidential campaigns of the past. The shady side of politics has always been a reality and we get glimpses of that as well as moments of humanity at its noble best.

Listening to experts who have studied and analyzed the races between Lincoln and Douglas, Jackson and Adams, Truman and Dewey, Nixon and Kennedy, Bush and Dukakis, as well as Bush and Clinton, we are able to better understand the personalities of these men of history. Their very real struggles and their glorious triumphs are there for us to see as never before.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt
2 Seasons, 13 Episodes
March 6, 2016
Documentary & Biography, Drama
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Rich Piatkowski, Paul Begala, Todd Blood
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Race for the White House Full Episode Guide

  • Republican General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson are persuaded to run for the White House, but as the gloves come off, this becomes a fierce battle for hearts and minds.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Focusing on the 2008 contest between freshman Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists include David Axelrod, former chief strategist and senior adviser to President Barack Obama; Charles R. Black, former chief strategist for Senator John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election; and Barbara A. Perry, Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

  • Bill Clinton fights back against a tarnished image as adulterer and draft dodger to win the presidency.

  • After losing the election of 1824 to John Adams, General Andrew Jackson comes back with a vicious, vile and personal attack campaign to win the 1828 election.

  • Harry Truman travels by train across America, in a race against time to win the presidency, as he falls in the polls while leading an unpopular, divided party against Thomas Dewey.

  • 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.

  • Lincoln's oratory and underhanded tactics gave him the chance to beat Stephen Douglas, one of the most formidable politicians of his generation.

  • 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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