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Examining the characters of both Presidential Candidates

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 2, 2016 10:39 AM
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NPR News presents a special presentation, The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election

The special will examine the characters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are the most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. Why is that the case? Over the course of the hour, we will revisit their personal histories and explore episodes in which their characters were forged.

We'll begin by exploring the ways in which Clinton and Trump stood out from their peers even at a young age. We'll spend the next two segments looking at key moments over the decades that helped cement their public reputations, and we'll dive into aspects of their personalities that have turned into liabilities with voters: Clinton's need for privacy and Trump's desire for public attention.

To understand Clinton's character, we'll feature the perspectives of a former chief of staff, a Republican who worked with her in Congress, a biographer and journalist who has long tracked her career, and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

To understand Trump's character, we'll feature longtime friends in business, entertainment, and politics such as Piers Morgan and Roger Stone, a current business partner, a former casino regulator, and a biographer of the Trump family.


Hear The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election on WITF 89.5 & 93.3 Thursday September 8 at 9:00am and 7:00pm.  You can also hear the program now on-demand. 

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