This is a playlist for some video excerpts from the PBS Documentary Vote For Me. It can be filed under “stuff found while looking for something else.”
I did a little research and found this website about the program:
In October 1996, PBS left the press, the pundits, and the presidential hopefuls behind for a rollicking two-night ride on the American campaign trail. VOTE FOR ME — POLITICS IN AMERICA, the first major television series to explore what it really takes to run for public office, was originally broadcast on October 28 and 29 by PBS stations. Produced by award-winning filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, with WETA, Washington, D.C., it’s a series that departs from the usual horse race aspect of daily journalism and shows how local culture and customs are reflected in our politics.
To me, the most interesting part of the series of videos was a segment about Maggie Lauterer during her 1994 run against Charles Taylor. From the website:
Maggie Lauterer was a TV reporter who ran for Congress in the Asheville mountains of western North Carolina. She had no prior political experience. As the first woman to run for this office, we follow Maggie as she struggles to learn the ropes of effective politicking while attempting to run a “clean campaign…something I can be proud of when I meet my maker.” We spend time with her as she trudges through the arduous work of money calls and preparing for her first televised debate. After a difficult year spent building her campaign from scratch, we were close by as she faced defeat. Maggie and her professional campaign manager are both fascinating characters and their travails tell us much about what the political process has become in the 90’s.
Here is the clip that features her story:
If anyone could help me out with the proper order of the clips, I’d appreciate it!