(NEW YORK) — Last week was all about Mitt Romney. This week, it’s all about him preparing to face President Obama for a series of three debates planned for October.
The Republican presidential nominee is not ruling out making some speaking appearances in several of the battleground states while Democrats renominate Obama during three-day Democratic National Convention.
However, a senior Romney adviser says the campaign will probably take it down a few notches so that the candidate can get ready for his one-on-one debate battles with the incumbent, commencing Oct. 3.
The site of the debate practice sessions is the Reading, Vt., home of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who worked for then-Gov. Romney.
Romney will play himself and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who has been described as doing a spot-on impersonation of Obama, will repeat his mimickry that won raves when he did the same for former GOP presidential nominee John McCain in 2008.
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