The Obama campaign has named Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEllison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' 'Can you hear me now?' Trump team voices credible threat of force Obama to attend Pittsburgh Steelers owner's funeral MORE (D-Mass.) to play Republican Mitt Romney during three mock presidential debate rehearsals later this year, campaign officials confirm to The Hill.
Kerry — the 2004 Democratic nominee — is well-versed on the former Massachusetts governor’s political career and rhetoric and can help provide insight during the fall debates.
On Monday, one former administration official called the move "absolutely brilliant."
"I don't think there's anyone better who could fill that role," the former official told The Hill, following an initial report in The Washington Post.
It is standard practice for presidential candidates to hold mock debates as they gear up for the big events before the public spotlight.
Kerry — renowned for his "solid" debate skills, as the former administration official put it, has long been rumored to be tapped as Obama's secretary of State, succeeding Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWeek ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks Poll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' MORE — if the president is reelected.