An email stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, and released by Wikileaks reveals that Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Apple CEO Tim Cook were on a list of potential vice-presidential candidates Podesta sent to Clinton.
In an email sent on March 17th 2016, Podesta sent over a “first cut of people to consider for VP”. Podesta says the list is organised “in rough food groups”. The list was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, which appears to be her latest email address.
Javier Becerra Julian Castro Eric Garcetti Tom Perez Ken Salazar Tammy Baldwin Kirsten Gillibrand Amy Klobuchar Claire McKaskill Jeanne Shaheen Debbie Stabenow Elizabeth Warren Michael Bennet Sherrod Brown Martin Heinreich Tim Kaine Terry McAuliffe Chris Murphy Tom Vilsack Steve Benjamin Corey Booker Andrew Gillum Eric Holder Deval Patrick Kasim Reed Anthony Foxx John Allen Bill McCraven Mike Mullen Mary Barra Michael Bloomberg Ursula Burns Tim Cook Bill Gates Melinda Gates Muhtar Kent Judith Rodin Howard Schultz Bernie Sanders
Here’s the rest of the email:
I’m sure Tim Cook would be honoured, but I don’t think Apple shareholders would be too happy if he left Apple to join the campaign trail. Cook obviously jives with Hillary’s politics, and as an out gay man, it would have been a historic vice-presidential nomination. [via Alex Griswold/ Wikileaks]