From Jesse Jacksons groundbreaking 1984 and 1988 campaigns to Barry Goldwaters 1964 campaign that launched of a brand of conservatism that influenced both Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton, 16 for '16 - The Contenders revisits the most influential presidential campaigns of the last 50 years.Visit 16 for '16 - The Contenders Website
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George W. Bush and Barack Obama were two of the best campaigners in modern history.
Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin challenged the notion of what makes a strong VP.
Ross Perot and Ralph Nader challenged the two-party system and ran as independents.
Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservative movement and the GOP.
Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson were giant personalities with big ideas on a new world order.
Michael Dukakis and Mitt Romney ran into trouble when they were defined by the opposition.
Howard Dean and Pat Buchanan used fiery rhetoric to push America in a different direction.
Shirley Chisholm and John McCain were unafraid to speak their minds on the campaign trail.
Jacob Weisberg and others discuss how George W was never expected to be political.
Kathleen Jamieson and others discuss how Obama overpowered Hillary Clinton's advantages.
Messina and others discuss the tight race between Obama and Clinton during the primaries.
Karen Hughes and others discuss how Bush formed an strong team to address shortcomings.
Experts discuss how Palin’s unpreparedness to be vice president quickly became evident.
Experts discuss how the media focused on Palin's appearance and often objectified her.
Walter Mondale, Lynn Sherr, and Maria Cardona discuss the debate's condescending tone.
Lynn Sherr and others discuss the enthusiastic reaction to Ferraro’s nomination.