A newly leaked email via WikiLeaks from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta gives confirmation that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was considered for Clinton’s US Vice President pick. Alongside Cook, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were also considered. A list of possible VPs (that also mentions Michael Bloomberg and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz) can be found below within the full email in question.
From:firstname.lastname@example.orgTo: email@example.comDate: 2016-03-17 17:21Subject:
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. Cheryl and I met with Jim Hamilton on Friday to discuss lawyers who can help do the research and vetting that I outlined in the VP vet memo we discussed. We also met with Marc Elias to get his input on firms that have already provided substantial volunteer lawyer assistance and to get prepared to execute non-disclosure agreements with anyone we involve in the process.We put together the attached notional teams of “report writers” (confidential profiles/public record vet) and “vettors” (deep-dive/oppo-book), and want to run it by you before we execute on the list. Let me know if there are people you would like to see added or removed before we begin the process.Cheryl, Robby, Jake, Huma, Jennifer and I also did a first cut of people to consider for VP. I have organized names in rough food groups.Javier BecerraJulian CastroEric GarcettiTom PerezKen SalazarTammy BaldwinKirsten GillibrandAmy KlobucharClaire McKaskillJeanne ShaheenDebbie StabenowElizabeth WarrenMichael BennetSherrod BrownMartin HeinreichTim KaineTerry McAuliffeChris MurphyTom VilsackSteve BenjaminCorey BookerAndrew GillumEric HolderDeval PatrickKasim ReedAnthony FoxxJohn AllenBill McCravenMike MullenMary BarraMichael BloombergUrsula BurnsTim CookBill GatesMelinda GatesMuhtar KentJudith RodinHoward SchultzBernie Sanders
There’s plenty of mentionable names on this list like Corey Booker and Chris Murphy, but surely the ones that stand out are Tim Cook, Bill Gates, and Howard Schultz. Whether any of these individuals (even Melinda Gates or Michael Bloomberg) would ever take this job is beyond me, but ultimately the person chosen was Tim Kaine, another name listed in this email. But clearly, this year’s election would’ve been way more interesting if any of these people were chosen in the end. I guess we can only dream, right?