Recalling Wendell Willkie (1892-1944), the Republican candidate for president in 1940. Willkie, a corporate lawyer (and onetime Democrat), never won an elective office but served his 1940 opponent, FDR, as an unofficial ambassador at-large during WWII. Telecast from his home in Rushville, Ind.
Series finale. Recapping the show profiling losing presidential candidates, from Henry Clay (1824, '32 and '44) to Ross Perot (1992-'96). On the panel: presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, Carl Cannon (Real Clear Politics) and Jean Baker (Goucher College).
Recalling the presidential campaigns of Texas tech billionaire H. Ross Perot, who ran in 1992 and '96 under the Reform Party banner. Guests include historian Douglas Brinkley and Southern Methodist University journalism professor Carolyn Barta, the author of "Perot and His People: Disrupting the Balance of Political Power."
Recalling George Wallace's third-party run for the White House in 1968. Telecast from the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery, Ala. Panelists include University of South Carolina historian Dan T. Carter, author of "The Politics of Rage"; Alabama Democratic Conference chairman Joe L. Reed; and Wallace's daughter Peggy Wallace Kennedy.
Recalling Arizona senator Barry Goldwater's bid for the White House in 1964, when "Mr. Conservative" lost in a landslide to Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson. Speakers include Goldwater Institute CEO Darcy Olsen and author Rick Perlstein ("Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus"). Telecast from the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix.
Recalling Thomas Dewey's unsuccessful campaigns for the White House in 1944 and '48, as well as Dewey's three terms as governor of New York and his tenure as a prosecutor in the 1930s. Telecast from the Governor's Suite at New York's Roosevelt Hotel, where Dewey spent election night 1948. Guests include Dewey's son Thomas Dewey III and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, the author of "Thomas E. Dewey and His Times."
Charles E. Hughes (1862-1948), who lost to Woodrow Wilson in 1916, is discussed. In addition to running for president, he served as governor of New York; U.S. secretary of state; Supreme Court associate justice; and Supreme Court chief justice.
Five-time presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), who ran on the Socialist Party ticket in the early 1900s, is discussed with author Ernest Freeberg ("Democracy's Prisoner") and labor historian Lisa Phillips.
Historians discuss the role of James Blaine (1830-93) in U.S. political history. Blaine was the 1884 Republican presidential nominee, speaker of the House, a U.S. senator and secretary of state. Also commenting: Maine governor Paul LePage.
Profiling Henry Clay (1777-1852), a Kentuckian who was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. senator and secretary of state. Clay ran unsuccessfully for president in 1824, 1832 and 1844.