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Nobodies Turned Political Stars

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Winifred Skinner

Winifred Skinner: The 79-year-old great-grandmother met Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore when he was campaigning in Iowa in 2000 and told him that she collected soda cans to help pay for her heart medication and other prescription drugs.

Gore liked her story so much he brought her to his debate with George W. Bush in Boston, and mentioned her twice.

Soon her life was under a microscope, with critics questioning why she didn't get more help from her well-off son.

(AP Photo)

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