Sixteen compelling and, at times, contentious presidential campaigns are recalled in this documentary series, which features the important moments and fatal missteps of each campaign as well as the insights and lessons learned by the candidates.
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George W. Bush and Barack Obama were two of the best campaigners in modern history.
Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin challenged the notion of what makes a strong VP.
Ross Perot and Ralph Nader challenged the two-party system and ran as independents.
Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservative movement and the GOP.
Karen Hughes and others discuss how Bush formed an strong team to address shortcomings.
Kathleen Jamieson and others discuss how Obama overpowered Hillary Clinton's advantages.
Messina and others discuss the tight race between Obama and Clinton during the primaries.
Jacob Weisberg and others discuss how George W was never expected to be political.
Inside 16 of the most influential presidential campaigns of the last 50 years.
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