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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 PortmanLongtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee Ex-McConnell policy aide joining lobby firm WATCH: Sen. Flake: “More doubtful” North Korean summit will happen  MORE (R-Ohio), has functioned as a debate partner for past Republican nominees, even playing then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2008.