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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 PortmanRob PortmanSens submit bill to 'Hack the DHS' CBO score underlines GOP tensions on ObamaCare repeal Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer MORE (R-Ohio), has functioned as a debate partner for past Republican nominees, even playing then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) for Sen. John McCainJohn McCainArmed Services chairman unveils .1B Asia-Pacific security bill Overnight Defense: Trump scolds NATO allies over spending | Flurry of leaks worries allies | Senators rip B Army 'debacle' | Lawmakers demand hearing on Saudi arms deal The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2008.