Leaked Email Reveals Full List of Potential Running Mates Vetted by Clinton Campaign


hillary-clinton-5The CEO of Coca-Cola, a controversial ex-Attorney General, and yes, Bernie Sanders: all were considered to be potential vice presidential candidates by the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to a recently released hacked email.

In March, as Clinton’s nomination became more inevitable, senior staffers put their heads together and came up with a list of thirty-nine names to present to Clinton. Campaign chairman John Podesta organized the names into “rough food groups” for Clinton to digest:


  • Congressman Javier Becerra
  • HUD Secretary Julian Castro
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar


  • Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin
  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Missouri Senator Claire McKaskill
  • New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen
  • Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Generic White Guys:

  • Colorado Senator Michael Bennet
  • Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
  • New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich
  • Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (the eventual choice)
  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
  • Connecticut Governor Chris Murphy
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Black Guys:

  • Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
  • Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Military Men:

  • Retired General John Allen
  • Retired Admiral Bill McRaven (misspelled by Podesta as “McCraven”)
  • Retired Admiral Mike Mullen

CEOS and Billionaires:

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra
  • Former New York City Mayor and Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg
  • Xerox CEO Ursula Burns
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • His wife Melinda Gates
  • Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent
  • President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Bernie Sanders:

  • Bernie Sanders

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