Clinton campaign considered Apple CEO Tim Cook for Vice President

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Tim Cook was considered as a running mate for Hillary Clinton, it’s been revealed.

An email from Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, which was stolen and shared online by WikiLeaks, revealed a group of potential vice presidential candidates considered by the Democrat’s campaign.

Apple CEO Cook, who is openly gay, was featured on an early draft of potential choices alongside Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

Sent on 17 March 2016, Podesta’s email included a “first cut of people to consider for VP”, which he says was organised into “rough food groups”, and featured Bernie Sanders’ name on its own at the end.

The list also included former New York mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg; political figures Elizabeth Warren, Eric Holder and Julian Castro; and Clinton’s eventual running mate Tim Kaine.

Cook, who came out as gay in 2014, recently hosted a fundraiser for Clinton, but has donated money to both the Democratic party and the Republican party in the past, according to CNBC.

Back in June, the businessman opened Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference by paying respect to those killed in the Orlando mass shooting with a moment of silence.