Tim Cook was apparently considered as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton, according to a new email released by WikiLeaks.
Written by Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, the email includes a number of high-profile names touted as potential vice presidential candidates, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The email takes the form of, essentially, a long list of names, with a note that this is just a, “first cut of people to consider for VP.” It’s not known how much further Cook’s consideration went, but he has been strongly supportive of Clinton during her campaign.
Last month, he teamed up with the Hillary Victory Fund to host a fundraiser, with tickets costing anywhere up to $50,000. Cook has been far more politically involved during his time as Apple CEO, in a way not seen since John Sculley’s time running Apple. Interestingly, Sculley was also reportedly considered as a Clinton running mate (Bill Clinton, in that instance!), but reportedly eliminated because he was twice divorced.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Cook’s name has been noted in the recent WikiLeaks revelations about Clinton. In messages previously highlighted by Apple analyst Philip Elmer‑DeWitt, Cook met with Clinton staff last year.
The email chain is reproduced below. Names mentioned include Podesta, former Google executive and current Clinton CTO Stephanie Hannon, chief fundraiser Lindsay Roitman, and Erika Rottenberg, former LinkedIn general counsel.
June 20, 2015
Re: Tim Cook + Monday
Finance event + tech roundtable went very well today in SF.
I heard from Lindsay that you are visiting Tim Cook on Monday. I would love to (kill to) join you if appropriate. However, if better smaller, no problem at all. Just wanted to share that Ill be in town all Monday since we have our Erika event on Monday night.
See you soon,
June 21, 8:02 pm
To: Hannon, Podesta
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.
Steph, thanks for circling back, see you tomorrow night.
June, 21, 10:13 pm
To: Roitman, Podesta
Understood, thanks for getting back to me! See you at Erika’s house!