Contributors: Aug. 21, 2000

For years, TIME reporter KAREN TUMULTY suspected that the way to really get into Al Gore's head was to stop focusing on him--and shift your gaze to the women behind him. "We have heard so much about the men who have been role models for these candidates," Tumulty says. "But these women explain parts of [Gore] that you don't get any other way." Gore's mother, Pauline Gore, shaped her son's relentlessly left-lobe way of looking at the world. And his wife Tipper helped awaken his latent emotional side. "What really got me interested in doing this story was an offhand comment...

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