The Obama campaign does not want voters to have high expectations of President Barack Obama when he takes the stage to debate Mitt Romney, according to The Associated Press. Obama’s team thinks the debate will present “a challenge.”
“While Mitt Romney has done 20 debates in the last year, he has not done one in four years, so there certainly is a challenge in that regard,” said Jennifer Psaki, Obama’s campaign spokeswoman.
Obama’s aides believe that Obama is not well-suited for debates, given his tendency to ramble and stray off topic during news conferences.
The President has been practicing with Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). Kerry has been acting the part of Romney.
Romney has been honing his skills with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Portman pretends to be Obama.
Three Presidential debates are scheduled for October: Oct. 3 in Denver; Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y.; and Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Vice-Presidential debate will be held Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.