Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep
October 3rd, 2012
06:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rob Portman gets so into character playing Barack Obama during debate prep that his performance four years ago sparring with then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain made his wife, Cindy, run out of the room crying.

"Part of your responsibility in these debates is to be tougher so the candidate you are helping is ready for the worst of it - so you have to be mean. You need to get under their skin. Sometimes the candidate you are working with doesn't appreciate it, and even more often, their family doesn't appreciate it," Portman told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. n

    Yeah, the truth always hurt! The wife most of all.

    October 3, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  2. John, PA

    The first words out of Romneys mouth should be Mr. Obama stop lying to the American people.

    October 3, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    My question to this Bain-Capital is–why you hate American 47% of the people???

    October 3, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  4. Fortinbras

    Have your arithmatic homework completed, checked, and memorized... Or dont bother showing up. And no etchasketches or telepromters will be allowed.

    October 3, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    These two couldn't shine Mr. Obama's shoes!

    October 3, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |