Race For The White House – Ep 1 Sneak Peek

From executive producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. Race for the White House is a thrilling new six-part docu-series, also narrated by Spacey, that captures the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much more. Using rare archival footage, interviews and stylised dramatisations, each episode tells the story of one iconic campaign for President of the United States.

Ronald Reagan’s Vice President, George H W Bush, ran against Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis. For Vice President Bush the struggle was to escape the Iran Contra scandal and the more personal label of “wimp” that many in the media accused him of. Dukakis emerged through the scandals of Gary Hart’s alleged relationship with a model and Joe Biden’s apparent plagiarism in his political speeches. The election campaign was distinctive for the Bush campaign’s TV ads, many of which focused on Dukakis’s record as Governor. The ‘Willie Horton’ ad, although not made by the Bush team, put crime at the forefront of the campaign – an issue that Governor Dukakis had to battle up to the final day of the election.