Many political observers hoped that 2016 would be the year that not only would the U.S. elect its first woman president, but that the winning ticket would feature a woman running mate as well. In May, as Hillary Clinton closed in on the Democratic presidential nomination, her campaign gave indications that an all-women ticket was a real possibility as insiders reportedly leaked word that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was being closely looked at as a potential running mate. Clinton eventually chose Tim Kaine to assume the role in July ahead of the Democratic National convention. Were there any other women under consideration by the Clinton campaign?
Turns out the answer to that question is an emphatic yes. As WikiLeaks has rolled out thousands of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in recent weeks, one email provided a window into the campaign’s running mate selection process. In total, the campaign looked at 39 people from both inside and outside of the political arena. Eleven of the possibilities were women, including a group of U.S. senators comprising Warren along with Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, among others.
Candidates from outside politics whom the campaign considered included General Motors CEO Mary Barra, philanthropist Judith Rodin, and businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates. There were many more — 28 of them men — on the Clinton campaign’s list, including Melinda Gates’s husband, Bill.
Read the full story and see the complete list in the order it was presented to Clinton at Business Insider.