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Karenna Gore Schiff Takes After Her Family

"What really matters is what he will do for all our kids," Karenna Gore Schiff told delegates to the Democratic National Convention as she told stories about her father and outlined his vision for leadership.

"My dad wants to win the fight for affordable health care," she said. "My dad wants to win the fight for an equal day's pay for an equal day's work." She also talked about Vice President Al Gore's fight for the environment and education for children.

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The oldest of the four children of Vice President Al Gore, 27-year-old Karenna Gore Schiff is said to have inherited the outgoing personality of her mother and the keen intellect of her grandmother, a woman who worked her way through law school.

Schiff also appears to have picked up a flash of political instincts from her father and grandfather, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee.

Having just earned her law degree this spring from Columbia University School of Law, Schiff serves as an unofficial adviser to her father’s campaign, because it is said “she has her ear to the ground.”

In her father’s campaign effort this year, Schiff has been credited with encouraging more town meetings with voters and moving the campaign headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Nashville. Along with her friend, writer Naomi Wolf, she also convinced her dad to loosen up his demeanor and distance himself from President Clinton’s personal behavior.

This is not the first time that Schiff has weighed in on her father’s political career. She first got her feet wet during the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. She also worked with his team that helped Gore prepare for the critical TV debate with Jack Kemp, the 1996 vice presidential GOP candidate.

Karenna Gore Schiff is married to Dr. Andrew Schiff. The couple lives in New York with their son, Wyatt Gore Schiff, Al and Tipper Gore's first grandchild, who was born on July 4, 1999.

The other three Gore children include Kristin, 22, a recent college graduate; Sarah, 21, is a junior in college and Albert, 17, is a junior in high school.

Asked if she has any political ambitions, Schiff seems open-minded. “I wouldn't rule it out because I think it should be a really attractive career to someone my age,” she told the New York Times recently. “It's a noble profession."

Additional stories on this speaker:

Gore's Daughter Campaign Adviser ( 14.4 | 28.8) -- NPR's Melissa Block reports on one of Al Gore's closest advisers in his presidential campaign: his daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff. (5:30)


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