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of beers, blender drinks and barbecues, and he really doesn't know what he wants to do. >> barbara bush becomes clinically depressed. she told no one except george bush. george h.w. bush believes he has a new ally. the most powerful man in america. he's ever loyal to his president and his party. but those he trusts betray him. >> when he says i have no knowledge of watergate, i believe him. >> i'm george bush rung for the congress. >> george will need to keep his family close. >> i get nervous. just i'm not a politician. >> as he strives to achieve the power he desires. >> i am absolutely convinced i will be your next president.
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thank you. ♪ ♪ george h.w. bush has just
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suffered a crushing defeat in his home state of texas. >> losing the senate in 1970 is a devastating loss. not only for george bush but for the bush family. who's put so much at stake around his political career. >> now he had tried twice for the united states senate and been unsuccessful in both '64 and '70. >> thank you very much. >> it was a very heavy blow. but george bush is too optimistic an individual to feel anything is totally over. >> george bush turns to his ally, president richard nixon. >> richard nixon has great respect for george bush and the bush family. he knew his father, prescott bush, in the senate, and he sees george bush as a comer. >> at that stage of his career george bush was looked on as the
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future of the party. he had qualities about him that were valuable in a political sense. >> george pitches himself to president nixon for the recently vacated job of u.n. ambassador. >> george was very, very astute as to what course he should take. and this would give him international exposure. >> he says to nixon, i'm really interested in foreign policy, and nixon gives him the u.n. job. >> george and barbara move to a glamorous new address. the ambassador suite in the waldorf astoria hotel. >> they lived in this amazing apartment, heard lots of great stories from -- who was still living with them at the time about just how cool that was. >> the relief for me is really great just to know my family is so happy after a tough defeat in november. >> when george gets to the u.n. he realizes how much he loves
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foreign policy. >> he was intrigued by the diplomacy needed to do business overseas. and he found he was pretty good at it. >> my grandfather developed so many friendships in that early phase in the '70s that he would have for the rest of his life and that frankly benefit our country. >> it was the very beginning of george bush's mastery of foreign policy. >> after two years at the united nations, george is hungry for something greater. >> george bush is always referred to as the star of the family. bush knows that he's been ticketed, that he's been chosen. >> dad was a senator, and i think he would want to go beyond that. he had his eyes set on becoming president. >> but george bush's father and his mother had encouraged him to be ambitious on the inside and humble on the outside. to wrap up his ambitions in a
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velvet glove. his sense of public service was that you keep moving upwards. take the most challenging, most powerful job as you complete the one before it. >> four more years! >> when president nixon wins his second term by a landslide, he makes a radical move. >> richard nixon has demanded the resignation of every member of his cabinet. he now wanted to bring in a reinvigorated group of people to run a much more conservative government. and george bush gets the summons to meet richard nixon. the question is what could come next. >> 13 days after the election george arrives at camp david to meet the president. >> bush smiling enters the aspen lodge where nixon is holding court. >> george is thinking that he's about to be offered something
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magnificent, something powerful. >> this is my big moment. nixon's going to give me a major killer post. >> but it's not good news for bush. >> what nixon wants him to do is take over as the chairman of the republican national committee. this is not considered to be a promotion. >> what goes dwlur mind in that moment when you're expecting the world and instead you're essentially given the grunt job? >> this was a tireless job. this was a thankless job. he was going to be gone for many hundreds of days doing his part as the republican party chair, not necessarily doing his job as george bush family man. >> barbara does not think this is a job he should take. she advises him against it. she thinks other people will see this as being a demotion. for george bush it's an inner conflict because he's been raised as the sun of dottie and
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prescott bush to do his duty. >> only six weeks earlier prescott bush died at 77 years old. >> my grandfather, prescott bush, gampy, was a senator from connecticut. he commanded respect. but he also was respectful. >> he was a great man. the right person to go to for advice or to share your thoughts or worries. he was wonderful. a wonderful listener. the man with a lust for life. >> prescott bush was in many ways more than a father figure. he actually was also a role model. george bush looked up to him. and his passing left a great void. >> and richard nixon reached out to george bush and showed empathy. for george bush there was a sense that this man nixon's a
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good man. he's thought of nixon as a mentor and to some extent a father figure. >> so when the president of the of the united states asks him to do something he feels duty-bound to do it. >> george bush took over the rnc in january of 1973, having absolutely no idea that a crime committed months before would consume his entire time in office and consume nixon's presidency. we know that they're always going to take care of us. it was an instant savings and i should have changed a long time ago. we're the tenney's and we're usaa members for life. call usaa to start saving on insurance today. and we'reand i don't addor life. trup the years.s. but what i do count on... is boost® delicious boost® high protein nutritional drink has 20 grams of protein, along with 26 essential vitamins and minerals. boost® high protein. be up for life. (clinking of glasses) i knew this was going (crowd laughs) dos equis is known for its refreshing taste
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mr. bush. >> yeah. >> would you do me a favor? >> yeah. >> could you go oin and come bak out again? >> the same way? >> the same way. >> george and barbara bush move to washington. while george takes the helm of the republican party barbara continues to do everything she can to help drive his political career. >> my grandparents really were a partnership. without a barbara bush there is no george h.w. bush and vice versa. >> she had this huge christmas card list that turned out to be thousands of names of people. and it became an enormous political asset. >> they just had an enjoyment for life that was really contagious, and people loved being around them. >> their children neil, marvin, and doral are in high school
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while george is at college in texas. but while serving in the texas national guard george w. bush has yet to discover his true calling. >> there are tremendous differences between the early lives of george w. bush and george h.w. bush. george h.w. bush goes into war at 19, sees people die, starts a life with his wife, achieves tremendous success before the age of 30. >> george w. is very conscious of the fact that he bears a famous name, that his father has done big things and is about to do more big things. >> george w., he's leading this life of beers, blender drinks, and barbecues, and he really doesn't know what he wants to do. >> the same can't be said for his 20-year-old brother, jeb. >> jeb bush is one of those guys who's very determined to move forward with his life. starting at a very young age, there was no slowing jeb bush down. >> jeb comes home for christmas and announced to his family that he is now engaged. >> jeb's fiance is kalumb
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kalumba garnica degallo, a 19-year-old art student from mexico. >> the way jeb and columba had met is a bilingual fairy tale story. they dpirs met in mexico where he was doing an exchange program for school. i think it was love at first sight. >> jeb was very dedicated. he put his kind of real focus on things. he worked hard to get through school very quickly because he was committed to getting married to columba. >> problem for the bushes was they had not met this woman. she didn't speak english. and that it was a very, very quick engagement. >> columba meets the bush family for the first time just before her wedding. >> one can only imagine the cultural shock there must have been for columba bush. you have a family that has many generations of wealth and connections, not anything like she has ever experienced. >> but columba talked very
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lovingly about how she had been greeted in that family. they respect pr children. they love their children. they want their children to be happy. >> for the past year george h.w. bush has been caught up in the storm of a huge political scandal. >> five men were arrested early saturday while trying to install eavesdropping equipment at the democratic national committee. and it turns out that one them has an office in the headquarters of the committee for the re-election of the president. >> these are the so-called watergate burglars. this is the start of the watergate scandal. >> the watergate burglars are revealed to have been spying on the democratic party. suspicion of complicity begins to fall on the white house and president nixon itself. >> george bush thinks the best of people and he can't imagine a
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president of the united states being involved in such political espionage. >> he has nothing to do with this goddamn thing. you and i are going to be very close. you understand that. >> well, best of luck and holler on anything. carphone, anything. >> i know, that george. >> by 1973 the media's going crazy about watergate. >> and the a pressure cooker. and if you are a surrogate for the president, you are being bombarded by questions about watergate. >> i continue to say the party's not involved. >> george bush toed that line. he was a good soldier. and he time and again went out in front of the press and in front of the american people and explained that nixon was innocent. >> and he feels the same way i do about it. i'm sure of it. his public statements have said so. and i believe it. and i'm going to continue to believe it till somebody gives some evidence. >> mr. butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening device in the oval
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office of the president? >> i was aware of listening devices. yes, sir. >> the senate watergate committee discovers that nixon has been secretly recording conversations in the white house. >> george bush was shocked and stunned, flabbergasted. >> if nixon is involved in any way in this scandal, this is probably going to come out on these tapes. >> privately, bush is fuming. but his job is to defend and support the president. and so even as members of his own party slowly begin to call out the president, george h.w. bush still defends him. >> everyone is saying come out and criticize nixon or something like that. and i remember sitting around the pool. i said, you've got to know that he's guilty, don't you? george said, he told me that he wasn't and that he didn't know anything about it and i completely accept what he said. >> george bush had no idea that
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unanimous unanimously that nixon must turn over all of his secret tapes, bush is told there is a tape recording that is damning. he is told he needs to come to a meeting with one of the aides of the president and president's counsel to hear more about this tape. >> on the tape nixon speaks with his chief of staff, h.r. haldeman, about the watergate break- break-in. >> the fbi is not under control -- >> they plot to put pressure on the fbi to call off their investigation. >> this would be very detrimental to have this thing -- >> in the transcript of that conversation was provided officially on august 5th. the nixon defense collapsed. >> nixon was actually engineering the cover-up with his top aide. that is obstruction of justice. >> the realization that the
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president has lied to you must be soul crushing. or enraging. maybe both. >> oh, my god. he lied to me. bad enough he lied to the country. but he lied to me. and it's an incredibly sad moment for bush because he reveres his country and the presidency as its highest office. he. >> the following day george attends the president's cabinet meeting. >> normally the cabinet applauds the president. no applause this day. >> those around the table are looking at him with anger. looking at him with disdain. >> and nixon starts talk about the greatest crisis that our country is facing. the economy. >> and the cabinet looks at him, what the hell is he talking about? >> one by one they begin to tell the president that there is a
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very severe problem. >> nixon looks at bush across the cabinet room table and he mouths the word "george." and it's a very difficult moment for bush. on the one hand, nixon has helped him. he's helped nurture his political career. on the other hand, he's betrayed him. >> in his mind he wants to tell the president he has to resign. >> but george bush among all things is a gentleman. even a despicable, disreputable president deserved a modicum of human decency. >> when it comes to george bush to speak, he says to the president you need to handle this situation, you need to handle it quickly. zbllt following day george is compelled to write to the president. >> he had an incredibly difficult task. he had to say look, it's time for you to go. that's never been done in the history of the country that i'm aware of. >> i admire dad.
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you know, it's easy to feel betrayal. but the important thing is to do something about it. when president nixon crossed the line, he had the fortitude to step up and tell the president it's time for you to go. >> and nixon makes the only decision he can. resign before he can suffer the indignity of a full impeachment. >> the bushes are out on the south lawn when nixon does his famous good-bye at marine one. the bushes are crying. they're emotional. barbara says this is one of the brightest men of our time brought down by this stupid cover-up. >> george h.w. bush is one of the last medium to finally abandon nixon. and this speaks to his loyalty, but it also is a blemish on his record. loyalty to people and loyalty to institutions should never trump
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loyalty to country. >> vice president gerald ford succeeds nixon as president. george bush sees an opportunity to get his political career back on track. >> george bush thinks he has a pretty good shot of becoming vice president. and he pitches gerald ford on the job. he goes to kennebunkport for a weekend respite. and he finds out he's been passed up, instead gerald ford will appoint nelson rockefeller. >> all in all it's a first-class choice. let's face it. i was just flattered to be in that league. >> you don't seem awfully personally disappointed by the choice. >> you just see what you see on the outside. >> it's a devastating moment. >> bush was constantly reaching for the very summit of american politics. and every time he got close he would get pushed back down
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again. >> gerald ford offered george bush a number of positions including what could be called glamour ambassadorships to britain and france. >> he wanted to get out away. it had been an exhausting year and a half of slugging it out. >> many people were surprised that the place that george bush has to go was to china. in those days going to china was like going to the dark side of the moon. >> even though it wasn't the sexy post by any means, he chose to go there because he saw it as this opportunity. he could tell that china really was going to be a player in the future. >> china reignites this passion he had from the united nations. he loved diplomacy. he loved people. he gets to leave mao tse tung, one of these epic historic
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figures. and george bush relished the idea that he was in the room with such power. >> barbara bush loved getting on a bicycle and going out with george. the two of them had a chance to be a couple. without just a maelstrom of things all around them. and she cherished it. >> what's this all about? they really made a great impression. >> they enjoy visits from their children. and immerse themselves in chinese culture. >> barbara bush often said their years in china were the happiest years of their lives. they absolutely loved it. >> and then the cable comes from washington. and it's a shock. >> in november 1975 president ford asks george bush to return home to become cia director.
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welcome. thank you for coming. >> president gerald ford has requested that george h.w. bush take over the cia. >> he accepted because that was his ethic, that you do what the president asks you to do. and that meant leaving beijing and heading back into the washington vortex. >> old-fashioned as it may seem to some, it is my duty to serve my country, and i didn't seek this job. but i want to do it and i'll do
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my very best. thank you, mr. chairman. >> the cia in the mid 1970s is under assault. >> the agency's engulfed in scandals. the image of the cia is of an intelligence agency gone mad. >> does this pistol fire the dart? >> congress is investigating the cia's alleged assassinations, coups, and dirty tricks. >> they were the pinata of the country, the cia, everybody taking a whack at it. >> and george bush comes to their defense. >> george bush treats cia operatives as if they're patriots of the highest order. >> he builds morale at the cia, and he builds the reputation of the organization. >> ladies and gentlemen, we've got to go to work. >> as america's top spy george bush can't confide in anyone outside the agency. even those closest to him.
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>> it was a really difficult time for my grandmother because for the first time in their life together she couldn't be a participant in the way she always had been. >> it had to have been such a change from china to cia for mom and dad and their relationship. to go from that romantic honeymoon time together to being blocked out of dad's professional life. >> it's also during the women's lib movement. it was just a time for someone like my grandmother to ask did i make a mistake not doing something that wasn't just attached to my his band? >> she realized that a lot of the women friends she had were taking on professional career jobs, you know, and she mentioned to me that she hadn't done anything. >> she becomes seriously depressed. she contemplates suicide. she told no one about her
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depression except george bush. he would hold her and talk to her and comfort her at night when she was weeping. and it's only after six or eight months that she is able to pull out of this depression. >> george bush has been cia director for less than a year when democrat jimmy carter becomes president. >> bush holds this hope that jimmy carter might keep him on. he was very popular at the cia. they didn't want him to leave and he didn't want to leave. >> we love bush! >> carter had come into office vowing to bring in a whole new cadre of people, and frankly george bush still had a little reek of watergate around him. there was no way that carter was going to keep him. >> george bush is out of a job. >> so bush goes home to houston sxx of course he's bored. bored by idle gossip around the
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country club pool. barbara worries whether george will ever be happy at home again. >> george w. bush is turning his life around. he returns home to texas after earning a master's degree in business. >> he was kind of feckless, wandering around with no real direction. but when he got to harvard business school he got the knowledge that he could do the work. >> harvard, that was a different set of friends. being around different ambitions. and i think that sort of opened up his world to possibilities. >> like his father george sets up his own oil company. and meets a woman who will change his life forever. >> in the summer of 1977 joe and jan o'neil host a back yard barbecue for their friends who've never met each other. george w. bush and laura welsh. >> my mom was a librarian. she was a little bit quieter.
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and then on the other side my dad is very loud, he's very funny, he's very happy to make sure that everyone around him is laughing and enjoying themselves. but my parents definitely are a case of opposites attract. >> he's taken her back home to meet george and barbara bush. they fall in love with laura immediately. >> just a few months after meeting, george and laura get married. >> i'll say one thing about campaigning for office in west texas. you sure do get to do plenty of driving. >> george makes a surprise announcement. when a congress seat becomes available, he decides to follow his father into politics. >> it really is the only way i know how to campaign. get out every day and meet the people. >> howdy. >> tell them who i am. >> good to see you. i'm george bush running for the congress. >> george w. bush is determined to build his political career,
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and he sees this as an opportunity to do something meaningful. >> i feel sure i can be an effective congressman. >> just 31 years of age but wants to get into the family business. >> the bush family name in mid-land is gold. so i think he imagined that could convert to a political career beginning with congress. >> he tells laura she'll never have to give a speech. that turns out not to be true. but they enjoy being around each other whatever they're doing. and it is the seeds of a really strong partnership. >> george h.w. bush encourages his son. but he knows it's going to be an uphill 3wbattle because the district is made for kent hants. >> the campaign was a tough campaign. my whole strategy was to make it that i was the guy next door. >> george w. bush was born in connecticut, went to school in
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massachusetts, and studied at yale. >> happ >> hance tried took onto george w. bush that he was a fake texan, an ivy league carpet bagger. >> bush was a texan no question about it but we had to try to make that distinction that i was more of a texan than he was. >> george bush loses 13 out of 17 counties to kent hance. >> i think he was a little offended by some of the things we did in the campaign. i think it toughened him up. one of the things he said after that race, he wasn't going to be outtexaned again. and he wasn't. >> as george w.'s political career stalls, his father prepares his next move. >> and he has been primed his entire life to run for the highest office of the land. his ambitions have always been
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george bush has the confidence, the contacts, and the money. he's finally ready to take a shot at the highest office. >> ladies and gentlemen, i am a candidate for president of the united states. >> my father's qualifications for being president were un -- unparalleled. a war hero, a businessman, working in the u.n., china, being a party leader, the cia director, all these experiences that gave him real knowledge. >> i would like to introduce you to my family. my mother, mrs. prescott bush who some of you may remember, my wife barbara, george and his wife laura from west texas. jeb and his wife columba from houston, texas. and neil, who next week gets his master's degree at tulane. next marvin, he's attending the university of virginia. and our daughter dora.
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dorothy bush. >> he knew he could do it. he knew he had these connections out there and he had a great resume and if he could get out there and get his message out there he knew people were going to like it. >> but he's up against one of the great campaigners of the 20th century, ronald reagan. >> ronald reagan has taken the republican party by storm by virtue of rung to tning to the of center. >> ronald reagan was a master. he had been a movie actor. and he was a very good candidate and he'd been governor of run of our biggest states. >> george h.w. bush was very much part of the regular republican establishment, very much in his father's image. >> it's a classic match-up. it's the eastern establishment versus the west coast rebel. the guy with the resume versus the movie star. it's all of that stuff.
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>> the polls show that ronald reagan, john connelly, howard baker are way ahead of you. how are you going to catch up with them? >> polls do show that. couldn't care less on my part. what counts is what happens when those iowa caucuses report in january and new hampshire voters vote in february. i'm going to outorganize them. >> george bush calls on his family to help him on the campaign trail. >> i loved that experience. i moved to new hampshire and he would say okay, neil, take this list and go talk to these people and recruit town chairmen. and then dad would come in every once in a while. he'd organize events. >> the reason i'm doing what i do is because i believe very strongly the country needs his kind of leadership. >> the funniest thing is when you go down the street and you hear someone talking about your father. that's what takes a little bit of getting used to. >> while marvin gets used to being in the spotlight. >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> his 26-year-old brother jeb
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rallies latino voters. >> his spanish is good partly because his wife, columba, is mexican. >> he quits his job at the texas commerce bank to support his father. >> what's it like being the professional son of the candidate down here? >> it's not something that i would like to dot rest of my life, no. i get nervous at first. just i'm not a politician. >> barbara travels thousands of miles around the country campaigning for her husband. >> ooh. made it. >> she is out there on the campaign trail in a small plane with one assistant. and she's exhausted. but she is preaching the gospel of bush. >> i think i'm a very strong woman. but george bush is a very strong man. >> she never grumbled. she thrived on being in front of the people. because she was supportive of her man and she was going to do
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what she can for him. >> when do you see george? >> not enough if you want to know the truth. but i saw him today. and i'll see him next tuesday. but you don't get to be president by sitting home and looking at each other. >> i have people come up and say, you know, it's too bad your wife's not running. i no longer have any hurt feelings about it. but really, she's good. she's terrific. >> there are some concerned she looks older than she is and she looks older than her husband. >> she's at a campaign event and somebody went up to her and said mrs. bush, you must be so proud of your son. >> there were aides who went to george bush and said you should really get barbara to dye her hair. he refused and actually kicked them out of the room for even suggesting it. >> she said, i'm going to be who i am because that's the way that god made me. >> let me ask you something very serious. who is the gray fox? >> you're looking at her.
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and which one of my children were you talking to? who is the gray fox? they're so bad, those children. >> trailing behind reagan in the polls, george needs to gain momentum in the iowa >> he does seem a little complacent and he underestimates george bush. >> they don't need you as much as i do. >> i need your help. >> george bush believed if co-look at you, have you look into his eyes and see his sincerity, he could get your vote. he made a point of visiting every single county in iowa. and it worked. >> ladies and gentlemen, george and mrs. bush who have taken iowa by storm. >> against all odds, george bush pulls off a stunning victory.
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all eyes are on new hampshire for the next phase of the race for the republican nomination. >> the polls show george bush far ahead of the other five candidates including ronald reagan. >> bush is on the up. he thinks he's winning. he can taste victory. >> and the reagan camp comes to george bush's campaign with a very intriguing offer. what if they have a one-on-one debate between the two front-runners. ronald reagan and george bush. it is a huge opportunity for bush. >> he'll come out looking good. and it will make sure that just the two of them are going head to head for the republican nomination. >> george bush is arriving to go out in front of 2,000 voters at
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the nashua high school gym. >> george bush sits down and gets ready for his one-on-one debate with ronald reagan. and then ronald reagan throws him a curve. >> what bush doesn't know is that in the reagan campaign, they've invited all the other republican candidates to come to this debate. >> on the right, ronald reagan. on the left, george bush. in the rear, four other candidates. >> that's against the rules. that's not what they agreed to. and george bush is nothing, if not a stickler for the rules. >> ronald reagan doesn't want a head to head debate with george bush. he wants bush to be one of the also rans. >> what reagan is banking on at that moment is that it will throw george bush off balance. >> and then the organizers of the debate say to reagan, well,
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you can't do this. >> would the sound man please turn mr. reagan's mic off? >> typical of ronald reagan, he seizes the dramatic hollywood moment. >> i am paying for this room. >> reagan stole the show and poor dad kind of got stuck in the middle. >> george bush sits startled and looking perplexed and says nothing. >> finally the debate goes ahead without the other candidates. >> ronald reagan comes out at the national debate as the person who wants dialogue, transparency, and the democratic process. and george bush colonels out of it looking like this peevish, entitled person who wanted it to go one way. when it didn't go his way, he picked up the ball and went home. >> i came here to keep my word.
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to do what i said i would do. i was challenged by governor reagan. that's the point you must remember. i seaccepted a challenge. >> reagan's indignant mad as hell posture really resonated with america. 52 hostages were in iran. our economy was flagging. so that struck a chord with the american public and it made great tv. >> george bush is crushed by ronald reagan in the new hampshire primary. >> i think it is fair to say that george bush knew his dreams of becoming president had gone up in smoke in that high school gymnasium in nashua, new hampshire. >> is that where we are? >> you've got a long weekend ahead of you, sir. >> i don't know, not any longer than normal. >> any comments on what you think -- >> no, no. no comments.
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just delighted to be home. >> trailing too far behind reagan, and with his campaign running out of funds, george reluctantly throws in the towel. >> my every gut instinct, my every bit of training, my every bit of service in the war, whatever it is, is to fight, fight, fight. >> george bush was the last man standing between ronald reagan and the republican nomination and ultimately he fell. in fact, bush goes to the republican convention fully expecting that this might very well be the last act of his political career. next on "the bush years --" >> this is war. this is not tiddly winks. >> drinking was crowding out the things were most important to him. >> just remember being inspired
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