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October 2012
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Examine The Profiles In Character Of The Men Competing For The Presidency

"We're trying to get to the core of these men—their life's method—creating a richer view of them both personally and professionally." -- award-winning Frontline producer Michael Kirk.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they've done and how they would lead America. But there's more to their stories.

In Frontline: The Choice 2012, airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2, acclaimed producer Michael Kirk documents the places, people and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates — and our choice this November.

Rarely in American politics have voters been offered two presidential candidates more different than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

As the candidates spend hundreds of millions of dollars to tell their own stories, Frontline's top political reporting team spent the last year gathering the rest of the story. More than 100 in-depth interviews with friends, family, authors, and journalists contribute to the most ambitious television biographies of the candidates ever created.

To get the whole story, Kirk and his award-winning team take a fresh, contemporary look at the candidates' lives and their political histories.

The Choice 2012 also probes the divergent leadership styles of Obama and Romney, focusing on the signature achievement of both men: health care reform. Frontline investigates their approaches to this hot-button issue and what those approaches tell us about how they govern.

The film also explores how, while in office, both men were confronted with a reluctant legislature dominated by political opponents. How they each handled that situation reveals much about their distinct political styles.

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