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Clinton camp put VP candidates into 'food groups' of race and gender, hacked email shows

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Hispanic men, women, white men, black men, military officials, and business executives.  And Bernie Sanders.

These were the different categories Hillary Clinton's possible running mates were put into in a list compiled by Clinton's campaign earlier this year, released in the latest WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday.

The list, contained in an email apparently sent by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, gives a glimpse into how important identity politics were in the early days of the VP selection process.

'Food groups'

In the March 17 email -- the authenticity of which has not been confirmed by the campaign -- Podesta told Clinton that senior staffers had done "a first cut of people to consider for VP."  

He then listed those people by what he called "food groups." Though he didn't say what the groups were, they were pretty obvious by the people listed in each category. 

In the first group, clearly of Hispanic men, were names like Rep. Javier Becerra (D-CA) and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. The second group, all women, included Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Black men, billionaires, and Bernie Sanders

The email also listed a group of prominent African-American politicians, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kassim Reed, the current mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. 

The billionaires Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg were also considered, the email shows.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Clinton's main Democratic primary opponent, was the only person to have his own category.

Identity politics?

The idea that Clinton's team would have been considering vice presidential candidates by race and gender is not necessarily surprising.

Identity politics -- a style of politics that focuses on the issues relevant to specific groups, like the LGBT community or Black Lives Matter -- have become increasingly important  to the Democratic Party over the years.

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