Obama’s pick means Kerry will be studying Romney’s manner as well as policy positions in order to help the president prepare to face him in three presidential debates this fall. Kerry, a former Democratic nominee for president, has years of familiarity with Romney already because the two men both hail from Massachusetts, where Romney used to serve as governor.
At the very least, Kerry ought to have no problems conveying Romney’s New England accent.
Romney has yet to pick a proxy Obama for his own debate rehearsals, although one of his close allies, Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanThe Trail 2016: Trump’s big night Portman: Trump has 'potential' to help GOP candidates Kasich doesn't regret skipping convention MORE (R-Ohio), has functioned as a debate partner for past Republican nominees, even playing then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) for Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFox News bests major networks in convention ratings Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2008.