Clinton’s VP Candidate List Included Tim Cook, Bill Gates

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In an email believed to have been sent on March 17, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta listed several choices for the Democratic presidential nominee to consider for her vice presidential pick. While the list, which was taken from the Clinton campaign and leaked this week by WikiLeaks, included some familiar names, like current vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and popular Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, it also included familiar faces in the technology world: Cook and Microsoft MSFT co-founder Bill Gates. Also on the list was Melinda Gates, a well-known philanthropist, and Gates’ wife.

“Cheryl, Robby, Jake, Huma, Jennifer and I also did a first cut of people to consider for VP,” Podesta writes to Clinton in the email obtained and subsequently published by WikiLeaks. “I have organized names in rough food groups.”

The list includes a smattering of prominent individuals, including politicians, business executives, and well-known philanthropists. The list is believed to be a first-run at possible picks and asks Clinton to add or remove individuals before the campaign could start vetting candidates.


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