Gary Hart, Sarah Palin, Ross Perot to Be Featured in New PBS Docu ’16 for ’16’

16 for 16
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The road to the White House has famously been littered with candidates who’ve dominated headlines, for better or worse — and PBS is bringing them back with the new documentary “16 for ’16” (working title).

Sarah Palin, Gary Hart, Ross Perot are among those who will be featured in the multi-part series, which spotlights presidential and vice-presidential candidates whose campaigns may or may not have been successful, but earned a place in the history books.

The documentary, which is produced by OZY Media, will be presented in 16 30-minute weekly episodes leading up to the presidential election in November. The announcement was made Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“Every four years, we are introduced to a group of individuals with their own aspirations to leave a mark on the history of our country,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS’s chief programming executive. “ ’16 for ’16′ revisits the most compelling stories from previous elections to demonstrate how every U.S. presidential election is a reflection, and an inflection, of those that came before it.”

Other candidates to be featured include Howard Dean, Elizabeth Dole, Michael Dukakis, Geraldine Ferraro, Mitt Romney, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy and Ralph Nader.

“As a lifelong political junkie, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to study these fascinating men and women who dare to say they have what it takes to be the leader of the free world,” said Carlos Watson, founder of and host of the series. “We hope people will walk away from this series feeling invigorated and engaged as we gear up for the 2016 election.”

“16 for ’16” is directed and produced by Cameo George and Alan Chebot of OZY Films for PBS.

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  1. Paul Galvin says:

    Gary Hart is the best president we never had! Why? Partly because he was the best prepared for the presidency but also the least prepared for the unprecedented media destruction of his leading candidacy in 1988. “Hart campaigns secretly subsidized,” was the grossly exaggerated knockout headline that misled Iowa and New Hampshire voters to abandon him, as former CBS reporter and JFK School Dean, Bernard Kalb, noted at that time but of course it got lost in the mad rush to cover the “winners.”

    But hard-working Americans continue to be the losers as presidents unprepared for the Cold War aftermath tried in vain to fill the world economic and security vacuum. Two of America’s best political reporters, Ben Cramer and Matt Bai confirmed Hart had what it takes to be America’s best modern president. In 2014, Bai got the two reporters central to the initial Hart knock-down to acknowledge they “allowed the press challenge myth (lie) to grow.” Now, who will ensure ALL the truth is out by holding the “secret subsidy” reporter accountable for knocking out the best president we never had?

  2. RUexperienced says:

    Let me guess…. Sarah Palin’s half hour interview will last only 15 minutes. Right?

    • Dave Allen says:

      I dunno – her original 1 hour interview w/Katie Couric was hacked down to 5 minutes for national broadcast.

      Why is she the ONLY of the 16 to be tagged? She was only a VP candidate eight yeats ago and hasn’t been in office (or run for it) since.

  3. Dunstan says:

    Some of those interviews might have to be done graveside.

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