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The Woman Who Found Clinton's Emotion

It's been a busy 48 hours for Marianne Pernold Young, as far as presidential candidates go. She saw Barack Obama speak on Saturday.

"He moved me to tears," Young, a freelance photographer, told CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod.

Today was her turn to move a candidate to tears - when a question about how the candidate keeps it all together caused Hillary Clinton to show a side of her you never see.

"It shows she's a human being," Young said.

Undecided when she woke up, Young's now leaning strongly toward Clinton.

"She showed emotion," Young said. "She was there for me. She was there for all of us."

While one of Clinton's rivals didn't see if that way at all - implying she was soft.

"Presidential campaigns are a tough business, but being president of the United States is also a tough business," said John Edwards.

Others will question if it was for real. Not Young.

Axelrod said to her: "People all over this country are watching this moment, and a fair number of them will say she was doing it for the camera."

"I don't think so," Young said. "Could you do that? Could you cry like that?"

So after thousands of questions asked by the most aggressive reporters in the last 16 years, and never showing a hint of emotion, it's a 64-year-old freelance photographer who elicits the most human reaction we've seen from Hillary Clinton.

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