Race for the White House "Obama v. McCain”
Press Release · Monday, February 3, 2020

Washington, DC


On Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host a screening and discussion of the premiere episode of the CNN original series, Race for the White House “Obama v. McCain.” The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.  Presented in partnership with CNN Original Series.

Following the screening, a distinguished panel will discuss the episode.  Panelists include: David Axelrod, former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Charles R. Black, former chief strategist for Senator John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election; and Barbara A. Perry, Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.  

Race for the White House "Obama v. McCain” tells the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States between freshman Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain.The six-part series uses archival footage, interviews, and stylized dramatizations to describe the renowned contest between the two senators while focusing on the messages and tactics that each candidate campaigned on during 2008.

Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins. 


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