Hillary Clinton's campaign considered Apple CEO Tim Cook for vice president

Hillary Clinton's campaign circulated an a list of almost 40 individuals, including Bill and Melinda Gates, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Vermont Sen.

Podesta wrote to Clinton that he'd come up with the list along with campaign manager Robby Mook, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and longtime Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, suggesting it had buy-in at high levels of the campaign, according to the message posted online. An email from her campaign chair John Podesta, dated March 17 according to the WikiLeaks posting, outlines different "food groups" of possible running mates for the former secretary of state. "I am feeling like it's possible to get back to the longer term again".

Senator Elizabeth Warren missed out on the nomination despite making campaign stops with Hillary Clinton.

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.

Podesta wrote that he organized the names "in rough food groups".

The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Another group includes women lawmakers like Sen.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. Based on recently published emails, Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at Apple 3.0 reports that Cook in mid-2015 had a private meeting with John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff and the current chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign.

Another group of names consists of black male politicians-former Gov. Deval Patrick of MA, former attorney general Eric Holder and Sen. They included Tim Cook of Apple, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks.

African-Americans who made the list included Sen.

Ultimately, Clinton decided on Kaine, a well-respected and avuncular lawmaker who is expected to have a smooth relationship with former president Bill Clinton as well as Hillary.