It’s not just Republicans who saw the allure of elevating a prominent business leader to the executive branch in 2016. A leaked email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, released by the group WikiLeaks on Tuesday, shows that her team mentioned the names of Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, in the early stages of her running mate selection process.
In a March email, campaign chairman John Podesta told Clinton that the vetting process for her running mate had started and he offered a rough list of possible options.
The list was sent March 17, just two days after the March 15 primaries where Clinton swept all five states, though Missouri remained too close to call until the 17th.
"Ok, I can breathe again! Congrats on a fabulous night. I am feeling like it's possible to get back to the longer term again," Podesta said before launching into the selection process for her running mate.
Here’s the list of possibilities Podesta sent Clinton: