Democrats want Mitt Romney to make a bold but risky pick for his running mate — someone they could exploit on the campaign trail.

Strategists suggested Wednesday that the choice of popular candidates like House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell could all excite Romney’s conservative base — but provide plenty of fodder for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

“When you pick wrong they can be a drag — Dan Quayle was a drag, Sarah Palin was a drag,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell. “They rarely help much, but when it’s the wrong pick it can really hurt.”

And the prospect of Romney picking an exciting but flawed candidate has many on the left salivating.

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