CNN ORIGINAL SERIES
RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
Race for the White House is a six-part CNN Original Series narrated by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali. Using rare archival footage, interviews, and stylized dramatizations, each episode of the docuseries tells the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States
2008: BARACK OBAMA vs JOHN McCAIN
The 2008 race sees freshman Senator Barack Obama go up against “maverick” Republican Senator John McCain.
1964: LYNDON B. JOHNSON vs BARRY GOLDWATER
The 1964 race was held in a country still reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and pits incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson against conservative Republican Barry Goldwater.
1980: RONALD REAGAN vs JIMMY CARTER
The 1980 race sees President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan having to fight off fierce challenges from within, as both parties struggle to re-invent themselves and use the global media spotlight to their advantage.
1912: WOODROW WILSON vs THEODORE ROOSEVELT vs WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
The 1912 race is an election between three remarkable candidates – former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, his anointed heir President William Howard Taft, scholarly and religious Democrat Woodrow Wilson.
1976: JIMMY CARTER vs GERALD FORD
The presidential election of 1976 pits the political establishment, personified by Republican President Gerald Ford, against the untainted idealism of Democrat Jimmy Carter, the relatively unknown governor of Georgia.
1952: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER vs ADLAI STEVENSON
Republican General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson both were persuaded to run for the White House, but as the gloves come off this becomes a fierce battle for hearts and minds.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Race for the White House is a six-part CNN Original Series narrated by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali. Using rare archival footage, interviews, and stylized dramatizations, each episode of the docuseries tells the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States. From powerful speeches to dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes, Race for the White House captures the tension and drama of high-stakes presidential elections and reflects on their impact.