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Perot and Nader — The Independents

One of the toughest tasks in modern presidential campaigns is mounting a competitive third party bid that can siphon attention—and votes away—from the major party candidates. Texas billionaire Ross Perot’s unconventional campaign would excite and disrupt the 1992 election, while consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s success in 2000 would leave many liberals labeling him a “spoiler.”

Perot and Nader — The Independents

52m 26s

One of the toughest tasks in modern presidential campaigns is mounting a competitive third party bid that can siphon attention—and votes away—from the major party candidates. Texas billionaire Ross Perot’s unconventional campaign would excite and disrupt the 1992 election, while consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s success in 2000 would leave many liberals labeling him a “spoiler.”

Previews + Extras

  • Ross Perot's Rise From Humble Beginnings: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ross Perot's Rise From Humble Beginnings

    S1 E6 - 2m 4s

    Ross Perot’s humble background and early career are discussed, as well as his bold move in rescuing his employees from being held captive in Iran.

  • Ross Perot Builds a Third Political Party: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ross Perot Builds a Third Political Party

    S1 E6 - 2m 35s

    Despite not having the normal trappings of a regular campaign, Perot received an enthusiastic reception from the public, and was able to challenge Bush and Clinton.

  • Ralph Nader Decides to Run in 2000: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ralph Nader Decides to Run in 2000

    S1 E6 - 2m 2s

    When Ralph Nader decided to run in 2000 against Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore, he wanted to shift politics to favor the people.

  • Nader vs the Democratic Machine: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nader vs the Democratic Machine

    S1 E6 - 2m 45s

    Ralph Nader discusses the Democratic effort in 2000, and Vice President Al Gore's refusal to work with him. Nader's refusal to drop out is also discussed.

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