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Portman to Play Obama in Romney Debate Prep

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will play President Obama during Republican Mitt Romney's presidential debate preparation.(Chet Susslin)

August 27, 2012

BOSTON – Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will play the role of President Obama in debate practice sessions with soon-to-be Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the Romney campaign said.

Portman, who was on Romney’s short list of potential vice presidential running mates, was asked earlier this summer to help the candidate prepare for the debates and has been given briefing materials by the campaign, according to CNN, which first reported the story.

Portman has long been a favorite of Republican strategists and candidates for his ability to effectively morph into Democrats in rehearsal after he studies hours of videotape and briefing materials. In the past, he has played Al Gore for former President George W. Bush, John Edwards for former Vice President Dick Cheney, and in 2008, Barack Obama for GOP nominee John McCain.

CBS News reported earlier this month that Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a frequent political foe of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will play Ryan in debate prep for Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will play Romney in Obama’s debate prep.

 

It is still a mystery who will play Biden for Ryan, but in 2008, the role was played by then-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s foreign-policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann.

The presidential debates will be held on Oct. 3 in Denver, Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y., and Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. The vice presidential candidates will debate on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

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