It would stretch the notion of short list to say that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was that close to becoming Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
But an email ostensibly poached by hackers from the Clinton campaign suggests that McCaskill at least received some discussion for the second spot on the ticket.
Then again, so did Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Tim Cook and Starbucks’ Howard Schultz.
The email posted by Wikileaks shows a March 12, 2016, exchange between top Clinton confidants Cheryl Mills and John Podesta anticipating an upcoming phone call about “a first cut of people worth considering” for vice president.
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Podesta appears to offer up a list, “organized in rough food groups.”
The first is a list of Latino politicians.
Next comes a group of six women in elected office. McCaskill shows up second after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar in that “food group.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a name much speculated about, rounds up the group of female pols.
That bunch is followed by a group of white men, including Clinton’s ultimate choice, Tim Kaine, the Rockhurst High School alumnus, U.S. senator and former Virginia governor.
That was followed by a list of African-American politicians, then a group of three military officers, some titans of business and then, in a group of one, Bernie Sanders. The Vermont democratic socialist was still fighting Clinton at the time for the party’s nomination. He’s since endorsed her.
The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the emails ostensibly stolen and then posted to Wikileaks.