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The Contenders

As the 2012 presidential campaign gets in full swing, C‑SPAN brings you “The Contenders” – a 14 part series that helps put America's present electoral politics in historical perspective. Reaching across time, political parties, and geography, "The Contenders" presents key figures who have run for president and lost, but changed political history nevertheless.

TV SCHEDULE
September 09
8 PM ET
Henry Clay
from Ashland Estate, Lexington, KY
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September 16
8 PM ET
James G. Blaine
from Blaine House, Augusta, ME
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September 23
8 PM ET
William Jennings Bryan
from “Fairview” William Jennings Bryan Home, Lincoln, NE
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September 30
8 PM ET
Eugene Debs
from Debs Home, Terre Haute, IN
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October 07
8 PM ET
Charles Evans Hughes
from Supreme Court, Washington, DC
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October 14
8 PM ET
Al Smith
from State Assembly Chamber, Albany, NY
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October 21
8 PM ET
Wendell Willkie
from Rushville, IN
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October 28
8 PM ET
Thomas E. Dewey
from New York
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November 04
8 PM ET
Adlai Stevenson
from Family Home, Libertyville, IL
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November 11
8 PM ET
Barry Goldwater
from Goldwater Institute, Phoenix
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November 18
8 PM ET
Hubert Humphrey
from MN Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
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November 25
8 PM ET
George Wallace
from Governor's Mansion, Montgomery, AL
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December 02
8 PM ET
George McGovern
from McGovern Center for Leadership, Mitchell, SD
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December 09
8 PM ET
Ross Perot
from Washington, DC
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Did you know...
Ross Perot won 18.9% of the total vote (nearly 20 million votes) as an independent candidate in 1992.

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