Search form

The Contenders - 16 for '16

There are no upcoming broadcasts of this program in the next two weeks. Check back soon!

Full Episodes

Bush and Obama — The Master Strategists

WETA PassportBush and Obama — The Master Strategists

George W. Bush and Barack Obama were two of the best campaigners in modern history.

Ferraro and Palin — The Trailblazers

WETA PassportFerraro and Palin — The Trailblazers

Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin challenged the notion of what makes a strong VP.

Perot and Nader — The Independents

WETA PassportPerot and Nader — The Independents

Ross Perot and Ralph Nader challenged the two-party system and ran as independents.

Goldwater and Reagan — The Conservatives

WETA PassportGoldwater and Reagan — The Conservatives

Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservative movement and the GOP.

Clips

Turning 'Bushisms' and Inexperience into Strength

Turning 'Bushisms' and Inexperience into Strength

Karen Hughes and others discuss how Bush formed an strong team to address shortcomings.

Experts Discuss the Strategy Obama Used to His Advantage

Experts Discuss the Strategy Obama Used to His Advantage

Kathleen Jamieson and others discuss how Obama overpowered Hillary Clinton's advantages.

Obama's Ups and Downs in Iowa and New Hampshire

Obama's Ups and Downs in Iowa and New Hampshire

Messina and others discuss the tight race between Obama and Clinton during the primaries.

Bush Turns to Business Record in Run for Govenor

Bush Turns to Business Record in Run for Govenor

Jacob Weisberg and others discuss how George W was never expected to be political.

Previews

Series Preview

Series Preview

Inside 16 of the most influential presidential campaigns of the last 50 years.