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C-Span presents “The Contenders”, featuring some third party presidential candidates

Thanks to Ballot Access News for the story.

C-SPAN Will Present “The Contenders”, 14 Weekly Shows Featuring a Presidential Candidate Who Lost But Changed Policy
Ballot Access News / September 3rd, 2011

Starting September 9, C-SPAN will present a new series, “The Contenders”. Each of the fourteen shows will present the story of a presidential candidate who ran and lost, but who changed U.S. political history. The series includes three candidates who ran outside the major parties: Eugene Debs, George Wallace, and Ross Perot. The others in the series are Henry Clay, James G. Blaine, William Jennings Bryan, Charles E. Hughes, Al Smith, Wendell Willkie, Thomas E. Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Barry Goldwater, Hubert Humphrey, and George McGovern. The shows will be broadcast at 8 p.m, one per week.


  1. paulie paulie September 5, 2011

    election stolen from Al Gore,

    Gore owned the election?

    I knew he invented the internet, but this is really just too much….

  2. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder September 5, 2011

    Brian @6 – Were you continuing our dialogue? I hope you know I was kidding @2.

    It’s a little hard not to notice Nader. Google him some time!

  3. Deran Deran September 4, 2011

    I’m very interested in the George Wallace episode. I’ve read a lot abt Debs’ campaigns, and I was their for Perot, but I’ve always been interested in Wallace, especially his campaign outside the South.

  4. Brian Brian September 4, 2011

    Are you serious? He played a significant role in one of the most significant elections in American history (Politics aside, the election set many a precedent).

  5. Ross Ross September 4, 2011

    Debs never got that much…he was actually very similar to Nader. The most he got was just less than 3% and he ran a bunch of times and was never loved by the more established political parties.

  6. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist September 4, 2011

    Nader didn’t do nearly as well as Wallace, Debs or Perot. His best performance was 3%, while the other three got more than 10%. I do believe he had an impact as he purposefully got the election stolen from Al Gore, but he still doesn’t deserve to be on the show.

  7. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder September 4, 2011


    Oh, him…

    C-Span didn’t notice him…


  8. Brian Brian September 3, 2011

    Where’s Nader? Just sayin’

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