Season 23, Episode 1 The Choice 2004

First Aired: October 12, 2004

“The Choice 2004” profiles George W. Bush and John Kerry, side by side. Producer Martin Smith and correspondent Nicholas Lemann trace the lives of these two very different Yale graduates through some 40 interviews (subjects include the candidates' wives). “It's a tale of two wars, of two Americas, over a 35-year period,” says Smith. “And it's a contrast of someone who relishes nuance and another person who drives toward clarity.”