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Dean and Buchanan — The Flamethrowers

Sometimes the two U.S. political parties face challenges from insurgents within their own ranks. In 1992, conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan took on a sitting president of his own party he felt had betrayed its principles. Vermont governor Howard Dean lead a 2004 uprising that did not prevail on the ballot but altered the political landscape for future Democratic campaigns.

Dean and Buchanan — The Flamethrowers

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Sometimes the two U.S. political parties face challenges from insurgents within their own ranks. In 1992, conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan took on a sitting president of his own party he felt had betrayed its principles. Vermont governor Howard Dean lead a 2004 uprising that did not prevail on the ballot but altered the political landscape for future Democratic campaigns.

Previews + Extras

  • Howard Dean Discusses His Response to the Iraq War: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Howard Dean Discusses His Response to the Iraq War

    S1 E2 - 2m 19s

    Howard Dean discusses his reaction to George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq War, and the post-9/11 response. Dean’s position on the war, and his questions about the country's role in it, fueled his emergence as a a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind.

  • Pat Buchanan's Rivalry with George H.W. Bush: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pat Buchanan's Rivalry with George H.W. Bush

    S1 E2 - 2m 25s

    Pat Buchanan reflects back on the political ad which focused on George H.W. Bush’s broken promise of no new taxes to gain traction against his rival and plant a seed of doubt in the minds of voters.

  • Pat Buchanan's Family Conservatism: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pat Buchanan's Family Conservatism

    S1 E2 - 3m 18s

    Pat Buchanan's family background and conservatism is discussed. His details the experience that he believes qualified him to run for president, including his time working for Nixon, and his years of writing foreign policy.

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