Purported Podesta Email Lists VP Candidates by Race, Also Includes Bill Gates

Among a list of preliminary names sent to Clinton in March 2016 were General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, both Bill and Melinda Gates, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Navy Admiral Bill McRaven and Marine Corps four-star general John Allen.

Hillary Clinton apparently at least briefly considered picking an out gay man as her running mate this election: none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Neither Tim Cook nor Bill Gates has much in the way of political experience, though as the heads of major corporations, both have had plenty of dealings with regulatory agencies and the government as a whole.

Also on what list were more traditional candidates, such as Sens. The email was released on Tuesday as part of the WikiLeaks documents that intelligence officials believe were acquired by Russian hackers. The last group only featured Bernie Sanders.

Clinton's campaign has repeatedly played up the support of business leaders like Warren Buffett as she takes on Donald Trump, a candidate whose campaign is built largely on his brand as a successful businessman.

Also worth noting is that a Wikileaks leak earlier this week revealed that Clinton's chief fundraiser Lindsay Roirtman advised Podesta not to come on too strong with Cook during a scheduled meeting.

One group of names appeared to be Latino lawmakers, such as Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Cory Booker, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick were among the blacks on the list.

Clinton ultimately chose Sen.

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