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        George W. Bush | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        The son of George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush rebounded from an unsuccessful career in the Texas oil and gas industry and failed congressional run to become the governor of Texas. From there, Bush narrowly won one of the most controversial elections in United States history, defeating Vice President Al Gore by a few hundred votes in Florida. The election was messy and close, and the ballot recount in Florida made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

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        George W. Bush: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about George W. Bush, who won one of the closest and most controversial elections in United States history.

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        George W. Bush: Bush and Compassionate Conservatism

        Learn more about George W. Bush's overall campaign message in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        George W. Bush: Bush and His Team

        Learn more about the political geniuses Bush surrounded himself with in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        George W. Bush: Bush and the Recount

        Learn more about the Florida Recount in the 2000 Election, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        George W. Bush: Episode

        Bush won one of the closest and most controversial elections in U.S. history, defeating Vice President Al Gore by a few hundred votes in Florida, after the state’s recount went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 turned Bush into a wartime leader.

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