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Candidate Confessional
Defeated Politicians Tell All
Everyone loses. But some losses sting worse than others. This is a podcast about tough defeats. Hosts Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis talk to candidates who came up short in their bid for president, governor, senator and other elected office; those defined by YouTube moments and others who fell by painfully close margins. Looking back, these candidates give the listener an unvarnished, often-emotional picture of what life is really like on the campaign trail.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 355 ratings
My fave
I'm an avid podcast listener and CC is my absolute favorite. These are such honest discussions, with such a variety of candidates and insiders. Totally fascinating. Please please please bring it back!!Read full review »
no more fake itunes music via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/21
The second season was terrible
The first season was interesting and the hosts were only slightly biased during that season. They also had a good mix of varying perspectives during it and most of the episodes focused on different aspects of running for office. However, the hosts became so biased during the second season that...Read full review »
Greg_Chicago via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/19
Thank you
Excellent interviews. Can we get another season?!
MikeWaasowski via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/05/19
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