Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign considered choosing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Attorney General Eric Holder as her running mate, among a number of surprising business leaders, the Washington Examiner reported.
The list appeared in a batch of new emails revealed by WikiLeaks on Tuesday obtained illegally from the inbox of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
The business leaders included on the list for vice presidential candidates were apparently put there with the consideration of offsetting the experience of real estate magnate Donald Trump, who when the email was sent in March, was already the front-runner in the Republican primaries, Fortune reported.
Other than Michael Bloomberg, who was previously mayor of New York, many of the other business leaders on the list were surprising in that they had never run for political office, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates.
ABC News pointed out that business leaders were not the only category on the list, as the other potential running mates were also grouped into clusters of names, including Latino, female, black, and politically centrist.
"I have organized names in rough food groups," Podesta wrote in the email. "Let me know if there are people you would like to see added or removed before we begin the process."
He went on to list the groups as follows, although there were no category titles:
- Xavier Becerra, Julian Castro, Eric Garcetti, Tom Perez, Ken Salazar;
- Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, 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.
Although the Clinton campaign has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked emails, it has accused Russia of trying to influence the American election.
WikiLeaks denies any connection with a Russian hacking campaign, but has refused to disclose its sources for obtaining Democratic Party emails.
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