The Contenders: 16 for '16 16 for '16

Tuesdays, 8:00 PM ET on PBS

60 minutes

The Contenders: 16 FOR '16 is an eight-part series that reveals the humanity, the twists of fate, and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. The Contenders will revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history and show how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

Tuesdays, 8:00 PM ET on PBS

60 minutes

The Contenders: 16 FOR '16 is an eight-part series that reveals the humanity, the twists of fate, and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. The Contenders will revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history and show how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

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Watch The Contenders: 16 for '16 Season 1 Episode 8 - Bush/Obama -- The Master Strategists

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At opposite ends of the political spectrum, both Barack Obama and George W. Bush beat serious contenders with careful campaign strategy.
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Watch The Contenders: 16 for '16 Season 1 Episode 1 - Chisholm/McCain - The Straight Talker

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Memorable presidential bids are recalled in this series, beginning with two "straight talkers" who sought the White House: Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.) in 1972 and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2000 and 2008. Chisholm, the first major-party black candidate and first woman to seek the high office, billed herself as "unbossed and unbought"; and McCain became known as a "maverick" during the 2000 race. Included: an off-camera showdown between McCain and George W. Bush prior to a TV debate.
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