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Chisholm and McCain — The Straight Talkers

In a combative arena awash in double-talk and spin, the straight-shooters stand out. In her non-nonsense 1972 campaign, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in Congress, redefined how a presidential candidate should look and act. Aboard his famous “Straight Talk Express,” Senator John McCain hit the trail in 2000 and 2008 to convince voters he would put his country and not his party first.

Chisholm and McCain — The Straight Talkers

52m 26s

In a combative arena awash in double-talk and spin, the straight-shooters stand out. In her non-nonsense 1972 campaign, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in Congress, redefined how a presidential candidate should look and act. Aboard his famous “Straight Talk Express,” Senator John McCain hit the trail in 2000 and 2008 to convince voters he would put his country and not his party first.

Previews + Extras

  • Shirley Chisholm Tackles Social Issues of Her Time: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shirley Chisholm Tackles Social Issues of Her Time

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    Shirley Chisholm’s dedication to pressing social issues of her time, such as the Vietnam War, women’s rights, and race issues, is discussed. Chisholm is featured speaking about her unwavering sense of morality and honesty. Her devotion to these causes is reflected on by various social commentators, and a former member of her campaign staff.

  • Shirley Chisholm Snubbed by Black Political Convention: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shirley Chisholm Snubbed by Black Political Convention

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    Shirley Chisholm faced hostility by black men at the Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, in March, 1972. Social commentators examine her courage and determination in forging a political career as a black woman.

  • A Look Back at the John McCain/George W. Bush Rivalry: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Look Back at the John McCain/George W. Bush Rivalry

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    Negative tactics such as “push polling” and “whisper campaigns” employed by the George W. Bush campaign against rival John McCain are discussed. John McCain’s ineffective response to these aggressive tactics are also reflected on by members of Bush’s campaign staff.

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