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History's 9 most surprising VP picks: A slideshow
Presidential candidates often choose unconventional running mates to shake up a stagnant campaign or placate critics... for better or worse
The 9 most surprising VP picks in history: A slideshow AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek
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onfounding some prognosticators, Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the architect of a controversial budget and perceived enemy of Medicare, as his running mate. How does this "game-changing" choice compare to previous vice presidential picks? Here, a look back at other veep selections that took the political establishment by surprise. 

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