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"The Choice 2020: Trump v. Biden" — Trailer

Ahead of the 2020 election, FRONTLINE's critically acclaimed series "The Choice" returns with interwoven investigative biographies of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The 2-hour special examines the defining moments that shaped their lives, their approach to power, and their visions for America’s future at this pivotal juncture.

AIRED: September 22, 2020 | 0:03:20
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TRANSCRIPT

>> As the coronavirus explodes in numbers across America...

>> Just how historically bad

these unemployment numbers are...

>> The protests against police brutality across the country...

>> The 2020 presidential race...

>> This is a very polarized country.

>> A hostile political environment.

>> Together we are taking back our country!

>> We're in a battle for the soul of America.

>> NARRATOR: This fall, "The Choice" tells the story

of a deeply divided America

through the lives of the men who want to lead it.

>> The only way you would get an acknowledgement out of Donald

that he may have not done it right, he would say,

"I think my dad would have done that differently."

>> Fred Trump's concept that to be a Trump,

you brook no criticism, you brook no defeat.

>> For Biden, politics is people,

much more so than ideology or philosophy.

>> The wife of U.S. Senator Joseph Biden

was killed today in a two-car crash...

>> And I think it's born out of this tragedy he experienced

at the very start of his national career.

>> We can always get another senator,

but they can't get another father.

>> NARRATOR: An investigation of what drives them.

>> Joe Biden, he cares about the institution.

Which means you have to talk to everybody.

He made it a point to talk to some of the "good old boys,"

the Blue Dog Democrats, even.

>> This president is as real as it gets.

People appreciate a fighter and they appreciate someone

that they think's fighting for them.

>> I hate the people that took this girl

and raped her brutally.

>> "Bring back the death penalty,"

the ad says.

Donald Trump signs his name-- people don't sign their name

to things that they're not proud of.

>> The men served six to 13 years

before their convictions were thrown out.

>> The sexual harassment storm around Clarence Thomas

is intensifying. >> This all-white panel,

Joe Biden right in the middle of it.

>> Do you swear to tell

the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

>> Grilling Anita Hill in a way

that seared into memory

how difficult it can be for a woman

who is accusing a powerful man of sexual harassment.

>> He's sitting as the judge of a black man

who literally just accused

almost every white man on that panel of racism.

>> It is a high-tech lynching.

>> Mr. Biden and a lot of the other men on the committee

immediately went into defensive mode.

>> NARRATOR: And where they would take the country

in these turbulent times.

>> I.C.Us. are filling up fast...

>> We have to deal with this virus

and everything that comes with it.

>> In the middle of all of this,

Biden is trying to offer a model to the country

that is quite different than Donald Trump.

>> Authorities forcefully started clearing people out...

>> It was done for the president to take this very photograph.

>> What he's doing in this moment is saying,

"This is my show of telling people

that I can do whatever I want to do as president."

>> Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign...

>> The notion that we can support marauders

going through the streets and destroying businesses

is, I think, unfathomable to most Americans,

and the president comes down on that side, as well.

>> NARRATOR: "The Choice," a "Frontline" tradition

that critics have declared a must-see before you vote.

>> This is a conflict that's less about policy

or direction for the country,

but it's really a vision of what the country ought to be.

>> NARRATOR: "The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden."

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