That was followed by a list of African-American politicians, then a group of three military officers, some titans of business and then, in a group of one, Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren, Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and the ultimate victor, Virginia Sen.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, 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.
The Gates Foundation didn't respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
According to the emails with an advisor, Podesta said that after "extensive polling on a carbon tax" the Clinton campaign concluded that "It all sucks". At one point, campaign manager Robby Mook floated the idea of Clinton coming out against the Keystone pipeline at the same time to "distract" from controversy over her email server. They place the blame on Russian hackers, who United States officials say are actively trying to "interfere with the USA election process". "Also, I wouldn't be good at doing what you need to do to get elected". The message also shows him arranging the vetting of candidates. In another leaked email, Podesta lamented that Blumenthal was lost in a "web of conspiracies" and that further, he pays "zero attention" to anything he says, Podesta adds.