Bill, Melinda Gates among Clinton VP considerations, WikiLeaks reveals

SEATTLE -- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, were among the first cuts from Hillary Clinton's list of potential choices for vice-president. That's according to an email allegedly from campaign chair John Podesta that was released by WikiLeaks.

"We put together the attached notional teams of 'report writers' (confidential  profiles/public record vet) and 'vettors' (deep-dive/oppo-book), and want  to run it by you before we execute on the list. Let me know if there are people you would like to see added or removed before we begin the process," Podesta allegedly wrote.

PHOTOS: Clinton campaign early VP picks

The list of 39 was organized into what was described as seven "rough food groups." Each group focused on a clear demographic including women, blacks, military leaders, business leaders, and more.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was in one group all by himself.

The list of business executives included Bill and Melinda Gates, who run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Howard Schultz; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Apple CEO Tim Cook; and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was also under consideration among other elected officials. The campaign ultimately settled on Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia.

Copyright 2016 KING


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