The vice president is dead, and as the president makes his choice for a replacement, a secret contest of wills is being waged by a formidable rival. When Senator Laine Hanson is nominated as the first woman in history to hold the office, hidden agendas explode into a battle for power.

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I didn’t see this in the replies. The Contender. It’s not only a fantastic movie, but it has one of the best running gags (that I can imagine actually happening):