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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 PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him How four GOP senators guided a tax-bill victory behind the scenes MORE (R-Ohio), has functioned as a debate partner for past Republican nominees, even playing then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2008.