Who would be a better president: Andrew Shepard or Jack Stanton? (Presidential Madness – Round One)

Welcome to Presidential Madness 2012 Round One. Just like the real NCAA March Madness, our field of 32 fictional presidents will be squaring off daily to see who will advance and ultimately be crowned best fit as President of the United States. In a series of polls, we’ll answer the age-old question: does life imitate art more than art imitates life? You will decide.

Follow the entire process and download your own bracket on our Presidential Madness page. To the first matchups!

Russel Kramer from “My Fellow Americans” (1996) vs. Matt Douglas from “My Fellow Americans” (1996)

Both Kramer and Douglas are presidents from the same movie who start out as political rivals but must eventually but their differences aside to help expose corruption of former Vice President William Haney (Dan Aykroyd). The movie ends with both men vying (again) to be president.

President Russell Kramer (played by Jack Lemmon)

President Matt Douglas (played by James Garner)

The President from “National Treasure” (2007) vs. Jack Stanton from “Primary Colors” (1998)

Jack Stanton (played by John Travolta)

Jack Stanton was a not-so-subtle Bill Clinton caricature who has to overcome personal scandals in order to become president. In the movie, Stanton’s meteoric rise is not without controversy as his womanizing and back-room dealings threaten to undermine his campaign.

The President (played by Bruce Greenwood)

In Book of Secrets, the President aids Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) in tracking down the “Book of Secrets” to help clear the name of Gates’ grandfather. Covering for Gates, the President guides him to the book’s location and assures he is not arrested for kidnapping the president.

Caroline Reynolds from “Prison Break” (TV 2005-2009) vs. Andrew Shepard from “The American President” (1995)

Caroline Reynolds (played by Patricia Wettig)

In the Prison Break universe, Reynolds launches a secret plot to become president with the help of “The Company.” Though the campaign would fail, she eventually became Vice President and then President after her running mate is assented.

Andrew Shepard (played by Michael Douglas)

Andrew Shepard plays a widowed President in The American President who falls in love with an environmental lobbyist. In the movie Shepard must ward of attacks over family values from his challenger while deciding whether to pass a weak (but politically safe) crime bill, or to risk alienating voters and passing a strict environmental bill.

President Blake from “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004) vs. The President from “The Pelican Brief”

President Blake (played Perry King)

In this move about a rapid climate change event rendering most of the U.S. uninhabitable, President Blake makes the controversial decision to evacuate the Southern United States into Mexico while leaving Northerners to “wait it out.” After the Mexico government refuses to admit U.S. citizens, Blake negotiates for the border to open to refugees.

The President (played by Robert Culp)

The President in the Pelican Brief is entangled in a scandal surrounded the assignation of two Supreme Court justices. Shames at the revelation that the President was implicit in the attacks, he decided not to seek re-election.

Return to Constitution Daily tomorrow for a new round of voting, and keep track of the tournament competition on our Presidential Madness page.