Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic nominee for president, will play the role of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for President Barack Obama's debate preparation, report The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
"There is no one that has more experience or understanding of the presidential debate process than John Kerry," said David Axelrod, in statements to the two papers. "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."
As Axelrod mentioned, Kerry and Romney both served in Massachusetts -- Kerry was first elected senator in 1984. The two can both appear awkward at times, and have been criticized for flip-flopping on issues.
Kerry endorsed Obama in January 2008 during a heated primary and has been a reliable surrogate for the president, especially on foreign policy, since.
A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign declined to comment.