While Ford Motor Co. was getting battered on the campaign trail by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this year, his rival was apparently considering General Motors' trailblazing CEO as a potential running mate.
Madam vice president?
Mary Barra was among 39 early candidates to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick listed in a hacked email released last week by WikiLeaks. Barra's name appeared in a group of nine top business executives listed by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the CEOs of Apple, Coca-Cola, Xerox and Starbucks. Podesta characterized the names as a "first cut of people to consider for VP" in the March 17 message to Clinton.
There is no evidence that Barra sought to be involved with Clinton's campaign or even knew of her inclusion on the list before the email became public. Clinton ultimately chose Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, thus depriving America of an election in which both parties' candidates suggest not buying a Ford.
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