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Tipper Gore insists she's as serious about being a "soccer mom" as she is about lobbying for the mentally ill and homeless.

On the 1992 campaign trail, a special bond formed between two people who share the same birthday and a similar conviction that if they could just talk to everyone in the country -- in person -- everything would be all right. But the real connection between Tipper Gore and Bill Clinton was cemented when they talked about their mothers. During late-night bus rides across the nation, Clinton told her about being cared for by his grandparents while his mother returned to school. Gore, who had also lived with her grandparents as a child, spoke about a subject she rarely discussed -- her mother's struggle with clinical depression. Clinton's response won her over forever: He asked her to be his mental health adviser.

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Now 48, Mary Elizabeth Gore is a mother of four who set aside her own plans to become a psychologist in order to fulfill her role as a political wife. Despite her accomplishments and the fact that she is married to a second-term vice president with presidential ambitions, she is perhaps still best-known for her fight in the late 1980s to make the recording industry put warning labels on violent or sexually explicit material. For that, she was pilloried as a frigid housewife ("Ah, Tipper, c'mon," sang Joey Ramone. "Ain't you been getting it on?") and was called a "cultural terrorist" by Frank Zappa.

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