Clinton's Initial VP List Included Bill Gates, Tim Cook, and Bernie Sanders
Oct 21 2016 by Larry Hoffman
In Podesta's email to Clinton, he tells the Democratic nominee that he has organized the names "in rough food groups" and assembled teams of lawyers to vet and profile the possible vice presidential candidates. It has Cook listed as a possible VP candidate pick by Podesta along with many other political, business and tech luminaries seen below.
The very last group featured just one name: Bernie Sanders.
There are seven groups of names on the list. He listed the following by name only, providing no titles or categories: Rep. Xavier Becerra of California (whose name Podesta misspelled as Javier), Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (Hispanics) Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA (women) Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.
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There's also a group of business/nonprofit types that includes some interesting names: GM CEO Mary Barra, Michael Bloomberg, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns (the first black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company), Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent (who comes from a Muslim family, though he says he's non-practicing), Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. It is unclear whether Clinton responded to Podesta, as Wikileaks has not published a return email.
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Another group of names consists of black male politicians-former Gov. Deval Patrick of MA, former attorney general Eric Holder and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont Podesta has already received blowback for other emails urging Clinton to contact two "needy Latinos" to persuade them to endorse her for president.