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C-SPAN To Profile Presidential ‘Contenders'

8/22/2011 5:25 PM Eastern

C-SPAN will air a series of live weekly, 90-minute programs profiling failed presidential candidates who succeeding in changing political history.

Starting Sep. 9, the post-Labor Day kickoff to the campaign season, the cable net will air The Contenders: They Lost The Election But Changed Political History at 9 p.m. (ET) that will begin with a profile of Henry Clay and continue through a Dec. 9 airing of a profile of Ross Perot.

The candidates profiled, which include Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert Humphrey, had to be a national party nominee at least once; had an impact on politics of their time; and ran before 1996 "allowing some passage of time for historical context."

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