Mary Barra was considered as Hillary Clinton's vice president pick

GM CEO was just one of several business leaders listed.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra hasn't been at the top of the Detroit's biggest automaker for long, but if emails obtained and released by Wikileaks are correct, she could have abandoned her spot for a far more prestigious position – Vice President of the United States. According to a leaked email published over at Gizmodo, Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta, listed Barra as a potential VP pick. Alongside the GM boss, Podesta named Apple CEO Tim Cook, Coca-Cola boss Muhtar Kent, Xerox leader Ursula Burns, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. That is some extremely prestigious company.

But while Podesta called Barra one of 39 potential running mates for Hillary Clinton, he also said the entire list was a "first cut of people to consider for VP." And while Barra was at the top of the list of business luminaries shown above, her name was also far below eventual Clinton running mate Senator Tim Kaine, as well as other government officials like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (whose name was misspelled), Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Clinton's rival for the Democratic presidential nod, Bernie Sanders, was at the bottom of the list. Sorry Bernie Bros.

With that in mind, it seems unlikely Barra made it far beyond Podesta's "first cut." Still, the idea of anyone from the auto industry, let alone the first female CEO of a major automaker, taking on the second highest office in the land would have been an exciting one. You can see the entire list of potential VP nominees at Gizmodo.

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