Clinton campaign considered Bill Gates, Tim Cook for VP

Clinton campaign considered Bill Gates, Tim Cook for VP

The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks released a March email it claims came from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta that ticked off 39 potential running mates for the presidential candidate, CBS News reported Tuesday. Senator Bernie Sanders was at the bottom of the list in a "food group" all his own.

Podesta divided the list by gender, race and ethnicity, and he included corporate executives and retired military officers, such as Gen. John Allen.

Hillary Clinton's campaign circulated an a list of almost 40 individuals, including Bill and Melinda Gates, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Vermont Sen. The so-called list of "rough food groups" of potential running mates also included Obama administration Cabinet members Julian Castro, of Housing and Urban Development, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

In addition to Warren, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Claire McCaskill, of Missouri.

What do former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Vermont Sen.

Other business leaders that made the cut were General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Bloomberg News founder and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Four months after Podesta sent the email, Clinton picked a different candidate from that original list: Tim Kaine, a longtime politician.

With 20 days to go before Election Day, the Clinton campaign was hit with more leaked emails - among them, an email calling Sanders a "doofus" - and a video, released by a group calling itself Project Veritas. She did not secure the Democratic nomination until June.

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