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Race For The White House


From executive producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, CNN Original Series Race for the White House.

Race for the White House is a thrilling new six-part docuseries, also narrated by Spacey,  that captures the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much more. Using rare archival footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations, each episode tells the story of one iconic campaign for President of the United States. 

1828: Andrew Jackson vs John Quincy Adams


General Andrew Jackson believed he lost the election of 1824 to John Quincy Adams through political chicanery. In 1828, he returns to battle Adams again in a campaign that would be notorious for its vicious personal attacks.



1860: Abraham Lincoln vs Stephen Douglas


The journey from prairie lawyer to President might seem impossible. But Lincoln’s oratory and his ruthless, underhand tactics to win his party’s nomination give him the chance to beat one of the most formidable politicians of his generation, Stephen Douglas.



1948: Harry Truman vs Thomas Dewey


Unpopular, presiding over a divided Party, lagging far behind in the polls against his opponent, Thomas Dewey, Harry Truman travels across America by train in a race against time to win the White House.



1960: John F Kennedy vs Richard Nixon


Young and inexperienced, John F Kennedy battles across America to win his party’s nomination and, during the famous first television debate, redefines how image, as much as substance, could win you the White House.


1988: George H W Bush vs Michael Dukakis


Vice President Bush fights off the scandal of Iran Contra in his campaign against Democrat Michael Dukakis, attacking the Democrat in a series of devastating TV attack ads that ultimately sunk Dukakis’s campaign.



1992: Bill Clinton vs George H W Bush


Labelled an adulterer and a draft dodger, Bill Clinton is at rock bottom in the polls when he and his team begin one of the most effective political fight backs in US Presidential Campaign history.

Programme Information

  • Genre: History

  • Subgenre: Factual

  • Broadcaster: CNN Productions (USA)

  • Duration: 6 x 60'

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