Keys to their Characters

FRONTLINE explores some of the moments that helped shape the candidates.
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Left: Photo by Lee Balterman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images; Right: Photo by John Pedin/NY Daily News via Getty Images

The 2016 election is a choice between two of the most polarizing candidates in U.S. history. Each has spent decades in the public eye, fighting battles and undergoing personal and political transformations. Hillary Clinton has gone from an idealistic college student to a battle-hardened politician. Donald Trump was born into wealth and became a flamboyant businessman and reality television celebrity. Ahead of the Sept. 27 premiere of The Choice 2016, FRONTLINE will explore some of the moments that have helped shape the characters of these two candidates.

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