Who Could Be VP? Names The Leading Republican Presidential Candidates Could Pick

Even the most outrageous candidate will need a wingman, or woman, if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

Donald Trump's declaration last week that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is in the running to be his vice presidential pick shows his view of the presidential race: Find someone who usually agrees with you and pick them as your sidekick.

"He's backed everything I've said ... Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100%," the bombastic businessman said.

But even unusual presidential candidates usually find someone to add something to the ticket, emphasize a skill set - or offset a weakness of theirs or of their opponent's, as President Obama did by adding experience-laden Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tried to do by picking a woman, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"A lot of the outsiders will be looking for political experience, and chief among them will be folks like Cruz and (Marco) Rubio," said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell. "Likability is always key, geographical diversity is big, either executive or foreign policy experience is important if you're lacking that too."

Here are some spitball ideas for the top GOP contenders in the polls right now as they dream of getting their party's nomination.

Read more from Cameron Joseph at the New York Daily News

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