Hillary Clinton considered Bill Gates and Tim Cook as VP candidates

Hilllary Clinton considered Bill Gates and Tim Cook as a VP candidates
Credit: Blair Hanley Frank

Earlier today, Wikileaks published a new set of documents from John Podesta's private Gmail account. Of all the new revelations, one of the more intriguing developments is an email that lays out many of the vice president candidates Hillary Clinton's campaign had under consideration. 

In an email Podesta sent out in March of 2016, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign listed a number of potential VP picks, including former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The list, according to Podesta, was a "first cut," so it's anybody's guess as to how seriously the Clinton campaign thought about pursuing either Gates or Cook. As a point of interest, Cook is a noted supporter of Clinton and just this past summer held a fundraiser where all proceeds were donated to Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign.

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.

That particular email reads in part:

Tim’s office requested a 1:1 meeting today, which was a nice way of saying “no staff”. I think this is one we should proceed cautiously. He’s supportive but new to this so I think we shouldn’t come on too strong.

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