Doppelganger alert: John Kerry to play Romney in debate prep
June 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Doppelganger alert: John Kerry to play Romney in debate prep

(CNN) - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has been tapped to play Mitt Romney in debate preparations for President Barack Obama, an Obama campaign official confirmed Monday.

Kerry will mimic the presumptive GOP nominee in debate practice, anticipating Romney's answers and speaking style so the president can know what to expect in their face-to-face showdowns this fall.

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Obama's campaign has made Romney's record as a one-term Massachusetts governor one of their prime lines of attack–a record Kerry knows well as a five-term senator from the state.

First reported by The Boston Globe, Obama's senior strategist David Axelrod said Kerry was the best pick for the job.

"He's an expert debater who has a fundamental mastery of a wide range of issues, including Mitt Romney's Massachusetts. He's the obvious choice," Axelrod said in a statement to the Globe.

The senator himself had plenty of practice on the presidential debate stage when he took on President George W. Bush three times in 2004 as the Democratic nominee.

Obama is scheduled to battle his Republican contender in three presidential debates in October. The events are set to occur in Denver, Colorado; and Hempstead, New York; and Boca Raton, Florida. Also in October, the vice presidential candidates will debate in Danville, Kentucky.

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Filed under: 2012 • John Kerry • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debate
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    @Granger: "I heard Romney will practice against a teleprompter."

    Please explain all the interviews, debates, town halls, Q&A sessions President Obama has engaged in without a teleprompter. Further explain all of his thoughtful, coherent, fluent responses to said events.

    *crickets*

    I would think all you Repubs would be tired by now of being lied to and manipulated into voting against your own self-interest. Karl Rove has you totally figured out, doesn't he? He knows that when push comes to shove, you'll cling to the GOP's lies rather than admit you've been had.

    Pathetic, simply pathetic. Where's your self-respect?

    June 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Obama - Protecting the rights of ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our country while SUING states to make sure they can vote as well

    Kerry's testimony before Congress where he essentially labeled our military mass murderers was simply unforgivable. He's a disgrace to this country and has no business in Congress, not that he has done a single thing the whole time he has been there. Mass. might as well replace him with a frog, at least they won't have to pay it.

    And how typical to think that a rich life long politician would be the same as somebody who has worked in the private sector most of their life. What fools. Romney's entire thought process is different. When you have to work to succeed you think a lot more critically and be highly analytical. All a life long politician knows is how to take others money and spend it without worry or fear. Liberals and Democrats are soooo clueless!!

    June 19, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. martin

    there's nothing conservatives hate more than an american combat veteran. they save their most viscous attacks for them: mccain was crazy because he in a viet prison camp, cleland blew his own arms off and kerry got purple hearts for bandaid cuts. kerry was not a flip flopper; that was a silly charge that stuck. on the other hand romney IS a flip flopper in the worst sense of the word.

    June 19, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Obama - Protecting the rights of ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our country while SUING states to make sure they can vote as well

    ThinkAgain - I would think all you Repubs would be tired by now of being lied to and manipulated into voting against your own self-interest
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    I do not vote against my own self interest. I vote FOR what I think is best for the future of this country and for its future generations. Unlike liberals and leftists, it is NOT about how much I can take, take, take now. I vote for those that keep the government small and doing ONLY what it is supposed to be doing. I will not vote for people that promise me or others everything under the sun for free because I know ultimately SOMEBODY has to pay for it. Democrats and liberals have no problem sticking the next 5 generations with the bill for their "self interest" vote and take, take, take union mentality.

    June 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Obama – Protecting yada yada: "I wonder if the Romney campaign can get Hugo Chevez to play the part of a lying socialist Barack Obama?!!"

    You really are a fool and a tool. Name ONE thing President Obama has in common with Hugo Chavez (starting with spelling his name correctly and naming the country he is president of).

    June 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Babyboomer

    Wow people. Did it ever occur to anyone that they may have pickED him because the two men have similar height, weight and looks. You know, like a stand in, in a movie or play or DEBATE. Why is everything an opportunity for haters to attack. People need to GROW UP, DAMN....

    June 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Obama - Protecting the rights of ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our country while SUING states to make sure they can vote as well

    Who John Kerry is....

    "crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command....

    They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."

    John Kerry is SCUM.

    June 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. lolo

    He should have asked Palin to stand in. Romney is Palin all over again only he is a man. At least Palin could think for herself no matter that crazy ideas were in her head. She did have convictions. The republicans are a shame to all Americans at this point. Romnye thinks that he will win just because he is rich and it is his turn in line. Never mind that he can not express his thoughts or convictions. The WAWA and doughnut episodes were hilarious.

    June 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Core republican Values

    Uh oh. Perhaps this will encourage President Obama to ask, "Mitt, why the long face?"

    June 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    ThinkAgain

    "I would think all you Repubs would be tired by now of being lied to and manipulated into voting against your own self-interest. "
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    I'm curious – how do you know what my best interests are? Or anyone else's, besides your own?

    June 19, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. contesa

    Let me see . . seems to me Sarah Palin made some BIG gaffs in her early days as VP candidate, in fact she had a "personal coach" to teach her Politics 101!! Kerry, being the intelligent man he is, will play the role of "Romney" to perfection!! Seems like the Republicans just can't compete with the Democrats when it comes to "brains", because quite frankly, they have NONE!!

    June 19, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Expat American

    they could be brothers.....

    June 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm with lolo on this one. He should've had someone who is self-absorbed, and acutely disconnected from the plight of humanity, not somebody of Kerry's caliber who can reason, is not accustomed to lying on cue, can remember what he says, and cares about people.
    President Obama needs to prepare himself to face down a world-class confabulator. I believe that the President may be hoping in vain that once Romney steps on that stage Romney will suddenly be transformed into something that he will never be: a statesman who has stances on issues and stands by them without resorting to lying at the drop of a hat.

    June 19, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. martin

    obama is deporting more illegals that the last five presidents put together, mostly criminals. obama haters refuse to credit his for this but the hispanic community is well aware of it. this move was politically brilliant on obama's part and he is a politician facing an election (he isn't gonna roll over like kerry did and let them screw him over without a fight.) now hispanics, and the general public is on his side over this issue and romney sits with egg on his face.

    June 19, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. JustMe

    I do not vote against my own self interest.

    O-kay ... if you say so. Anyone that is not a white male in the 1% has NO business whatsoever voting for the GOP.

    June 19, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. JustMe

    He should've had someone who is self-absorbed, and acutely disconnected from the plight of humanity, not somebody of Kerry's caliber who can reason, is not accustomed to lying on cue,

    He would've had to have chosen a Republican then.

    June 19, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Steve

    Only Conservatives would take a certified war hero and vilify him with outright lies. Conservatives say they support the military so why do they vilify war heroes and why do they get a pass from other Conservatives?

    June 19, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Wes

    Isn't that like the President debating a mannequin? Sen. Kerry was never more than a petrified politician. The President should debate Hillary... again!

    June 19, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ JustMe
    Quite so.

    June 19, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He should've had someone who is self-absorbed, and acutely disconnected from the plight of humanity, not somebody of Kerry's caliber who can reason, is not accustomed to lying on cue,
    -------------------------------------------------
    He would've had to have chosen a Republican then
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    Maybe we can "buy" him one to practice with. As all Republicans appear to be for sale it should'nt be too hard to find him one

    June 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Obama - Protecting the rights of ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our country while SUING states to make sure they can vote as well

    Fair is Fair - I'm curious – how do you know what my best interests are? Or anyone else's, besides your own?
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    Trust him Fair... Democrats and liberals ALWAYS know, better than you, what YOUR best interests are! It is their superior intellect and arrogance that gives them this innate ability. You should be thanking them for relieving you of all that thinking for yourself.

    June 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Guest

    do you think Kerry will ever pay his back taxes on his yacht.

    June 19, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. me

    To play Romney, all one would have to do is stand there and look like a fool with a "Hello I'm Mittens" adhesive tag on his lapel and stammer a whole bunch.

    June 19, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Hugganoak

    Please also replace the real Romney as a candidate with Kerry?

    June 19, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Dav

    Kerry failed as a soldier,congressmen and and pesidential candidate.comrade obama is failing again.

    June 19, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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