Mitt Romney will spend this upcoming week preparing for his debates against President Obama, according to reports.
According to a campaign source, Romney will go head-to-head against Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanGOP debates going big on tax reform Who is Tim Ryan? A closer look at Pelosi’s challenger Battle for the Senate: Top of ticket dominates MORE (R-Ohio) who is standing in for Obama to help prepare the GOP candidate, CNN first reported.
Senior Romney adviser Kevin Madden said that Romney would hold the debate preparations at the Vermont home of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R), a campaign surrogate, from Tuesday to Thursday.
Romney and Obama will face off in three presidential debates this fall.
PBS's Jim Lehrer will host the first debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. CNN's Candy Crowley will host the second debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Oct. 16 and CBS's Bob Schieffer will moderate Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Romney campaign sources confirmed last week that Portman, who was reportedly considered for the GOP vice presidential pick, had been tapped to play Obama during mock debates.
Portman also played Obama in 2008 to assist Sen. John McCainJohn McCainPentagon should have a civilian chief to give peace a chance McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump MORE’s (R-Ariz.) presidential bid.
The Obama campaign is using Sen. John KerryJohn KerryIran’s nuclear deal just the tip of the iceberg for Trump Trump needs to stand firm on immigration, 'religious-test' insticts Budowsky: Ellison, Kerry to DNC? MORE (D-Mass.) to play Romney in Obama's debate prep and ranking House Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will play Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans raise red flags about ObamaCare repeal strategy Overnight Healthcare: GOP in talks about helping insurers after ObamaCare repeal Ryan on Trump: 'We're not looking back' MORE (R-Wis.) in Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Biden to sit down with Colbert next week Feinstein urges White House to release full CIA torture report MORE's practice sessions.
Earlier this week, Portman said that in his experience, mock debate sessions can often get heated.
“You kinda swing back and forth — I mean, nothing physical, although it's come close at times,” said Portman, during an interview.