George Wallace, Presidential Contender
“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics.
Dan Carter and Joe Reed talked about the life and career of George C. Wallace, Jr. (1919-1998) and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from in front of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion. Peggy Wallace Kennedy also commented from the foyer. He was a state attorney, legislator, judge, and a four-term governor. He became a national figure during the civil rights movement with his pro-segregation stance and sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1964, 1972, and 1976. In 1968 he ran as a third-party candidate, receiving 46 electoral votes and 13.5 percent of the popular vote. Dan Carter called him “the most influential loser” in 20th-century U.S. politics. Video clips were shown of news reels, campaign ads, news conferences, and speeches.
“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics. close
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