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Is John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney?
June 19th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Is John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John Kerry will play Mitt Romney in debate preparations for the president.

And it's just perfect: one elite, rich, emotionless Massachusetts politician filling in for another.

The Boston Globe first reported that Senator Kerry has been tapped to mimic the presumptive GOP nominee in debate practice.

That means Kerry will do everything from anticipating Romney's answers and his attacks to copying his speaking style and his posture.

Of course Kerry has lots of experience in presidential debates since he faced off against George W. Bush three times in the 2004 campaign. Most people agreed Kerry won those debates even though Bush went on to win the election.

President Obama's senior campaign strategist David Axelrod says Kerry is an expert debater who has mastered a wide range of issues including Romney's Massachusetts.

Kerry has observed Romney's role in Massachusetts politics going back to 1994, so he should be in a good place to point out Romney's weaknesses while governor, especially his economic record.

Axelrod calls Kerry "the obvious choice." Which may be true in more ways than one.

As the Globe notes, critics blast both Kerry and Romney for being aloof and for flip-flopping on major issues.

Plus, they're both rich. Really, really rich. Romney has an estimated net worth of $250 million while Kerry's is at around $193 million.

Meanwhile John Kerry could wind up playing a larger role in a second Obama term if the president manages to win re-election. There's growing speculation that Kerry could take over as Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton leaves as planned.

As for who will play Obama in Romney's debate practice - no word yet.

Here’s my question to you: Is John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mack in Michigan:
Let’s see: Never had a real job, check! Living high off money… money that was inherited or married into, check! No connection to the reality of an average American, check! Heck Jack, I think Kerry is just a Republican who wears sweaters.

Bert in Los Angeles:
Kerry is from Massachusetts and supported Governor Romney's universal health insurance law there. His flip-flop on the Iraq War will make it easy for him to act out Romney's flip-flops on nearly every other major issue. Finally, he is rich enough to be as much out-of-touch with Americans as Romney is; he will do fine!

Bob:
In quantum physics, the same particle can exist in two places at the same time. I believe Romney-Kerry proves the theory.

Gordo in New Jersey:
Let me count the ways: pedantic, boring, out-of-touch with the common man. I'd love to watch these practice debates at bed time. Of course, Kerry knows foreign affairs, Romney not so much.

King in Massachusetts:
To play him best, Kerry is going to need add that nervous uncomfortable laugh Mitt makes during the campaign stops when he runs into regular folks, or sees regular food like donuts, home-made cookies, etc.

Russ in Pennsylvania:
I believe they starred in the movie "Twins", with Kerry playing the short dude. In the end, they both made money.

Ken in California:
Good choice, but aren't they overestimating Romney’s abilities? Maybe they could get Dan Quayle instead.

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  1. Oliver El Paso, TX

    John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney? just don't tell the GOP what going on he might win this time as a republican.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    I believe they starred in the movie "TWINS", with Kerry playing the short dude. In the end, they both made money...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    June 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  3. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Cafferty, they could use you as well. The job of the surrogate is to memorize what you think the other guy is going to say and pretend you are him. Kerry is excellent because he has lived through the Romney experience.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: John Kerry is better suited to be a stand in for Mitt Romney than John McCain would be for Barrack Obama. Granted they are both losers, but McCain lost by 7 percentage points, and Kerry lost by less than 3 percentage points. The election will be a numbers game, and it is going to be a close election. Let us all hope it is not decided by the electoral college, or even worse Congress.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Martha Brooks

    Well, he IS from Massachusetts. Maybe almost as stiff and colorless as Romney. Rich, too. However, in my opinion, the most interesting stand-in would be Herman Cain...

    Martha, Rew, PA

    June 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Gary in San Jose, California

    Kerry is a great fill-in for Romney. They both have similar aloof, standoffish, boring styles. It'll be interesting to see of Obama slips during the debate and calls Romney John.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  7. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Senator Kerry is a decorated war hero who went to Vietnam in good faith. When he discovered the war was a lie, he fought at home to end it.

    Governor Romney is an undecorated zero, who protested in favor of the war all the while getting multiple deferments for himself to live the good life.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  8. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Actually, I think he is ... he's a long-time Senator, and knows the system, and eight years ago, he went through the gruel of debate. This year, the debate will be as much about the nature of the subjects and arguments as the content ... the subjects that matter most will probably be argued the least.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    June 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  9. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Sure if you can get over the Romney whimp factor....

    June 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  10. Gary H. Boyd

    Kerry's the perfect fill-in for Romney in Obama's debate preparations Jack. He has all the right stuff. He's from Massachusetts which is Romney's adopted home state. He's wealthy like Romney. He's participated in presidential debates himself and he helped Senator Edward Kennedy defeat Romney in Kennedy's 1994 re-election race. Kerry's been in more than 25 debates with various candidates so keeping Obama from falling apart should be a snap.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Doug Ericson

    The short answer is yes, I think Kerry is capable of doing an excellent job of playing the role of Romney. After all, he has been acting in Films, ever since the Viet Nam War. Kerry knows the issues well enough to cover all the bases of the potential answers to upcoming debate questions. So who would Romney pick to play the role of Obama in a practice debate scenario? Rubio is the first name that comes to my mind without thinking about it. Governor Jerry Brown from Caleefornia maybe, if you can find him. Massachusetts Governor Patrick Deval could play the role of Obama. But we all know what Obama and Romney are likely to say. The debate I am looking forward to is the Vice Presidential one. It does matter who Romney picks as VP, because Joe Biden is going to be a big star in the debates. If we still have a stalemated economy in November, and Obama still wins, a lot of credit is going to be awarded to good old Joe. Thats why it would be Political suicide for Romney to pick someone like Rob ( Mr. Rogers ) Portman for VP. Call it the Biden factor. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Good choice, but aren't they overestimating Romney s abilities? Maybe they could get Dan Quayle instead.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  13. Jenna Roseville CA

    Is John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney?

    Yes for two reasons..

    1. Kerry has experience as to how Willard Mitt Romney governed his home state
    2. Kerry is a flip/flopper like Wilalrd Mitt Romney

    However, Kerry doesn't come unhinged when he can't answer the question like WMR does..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  14. curtis in philadelphia

    Perfect1 They are both equally out of touch with main street and the average American.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Karie

    no...we need these "commercial" candidates to leave America's government and never come back. ALL of them!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Pete in Georgia

    Fill in for Romney ??
    For what ??
    Kerry is second on a list of All Time Impostors behind only the annointed one now acting as President of America.

    Please.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  17. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The only comparison that Kerry and Romney has are they both are wealthy. If you want a good sparring partner for the debates you need to pick a wealthy Republican but none will apply for the job. I would try to get me a good actor that could play the part of wealthy Republican who flip flops around all over the place and is only interested in helping the wealthy and the 1%. The second choice would be getting a member of a cult to fill in. The Republican Party is the closest to being a cult than I have ever seen before in my lifetime.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  18. Brad, Portland, OR

    Well, at least Kerry is familiar with the mess Romney made of Massachusetts when he was governor.

    Number 47 in job creation in the nation!

    Whoo hoo!

    Can't wait to see Romney apply those great job-creating skills nationwide!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  19. Bert in LA, CA

    Hi Jack, yes, Kerry is from Massachusetts and supported Governor Romney’s universal health insurance law there. His flip flop on the Iraq War will make it easy for him to act out Romney's flip flops on nearly every other major issue. Finally, he is rich enough to be as much out of touch with Americans as Romney is; he will do fine!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Bill of New Mexico

    Having proved incapable of beating George W. Bush's second term at President, John Kerry couldn't fill in for anything.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  21. Andre R. Newcomb

    Define "good", please.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  22. Ed from Harrisburg

    If I were Kerry, I'd be insulted!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  23. Gordo from NJ

    Let me count the ways: pedantic, boring, out-of-touch with the common man - i'd love to watch these practice debates at bed time. Of course, Kerry knows foreign affairs, Romney not so much.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  24. al pearis

    Yes , for all of the reasons you mentioned.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  25. Pat in Michigan

    Maybe I am very naive but If President Obama and his ideas are sooo good for the country ,then why would he need to practice anything.Can't he stand on his own two feet and present his philosophy to the public without coaching ?
    To me it just seems that it is one more lie being foisted on a gullable public willing to follow the guy that makes it all seem ok . we are a bunch of stupid sheeple

    June 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Likes begat likes and Senator Kerry is just what the doctor ordered for this roll but in the end it won't matter as gas prices will spike in October and unemployment will go up. Just ask the GOP people like Mitch McConnell what his goal is in life; defeat the President and the heck with the American people. How pathetic.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  27. David - Georgia

    John Kerry being like Romney? I think not. Yeah they are both rich Massachusetts politicians, but still Mitt Romney has much more experience and knowledge than John Kerry.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  28. Mack from Michigan

    Lets see...... Never had a real job, check!
    Livin high off money money that was inherited or married into, check!
    No connection to the reality of an average american, check!
    Heck Jack, I think Kerry is just a republican that wears sweaters!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  29. Paul in NC

    Actually the best fill-in would be one of those Disney World automatrons which talk and act like real humans but are really nothing but wires and plastic; just like the real Mitt Romney. Excluding that, Kerry is an excellent choice. There are all the similarities you mentioned but one glaring difference; Kerry would have been a competent president.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  30. Sandstone

    "How can a Dmocrate debait a Democrate, and prove anything?? You may as well have a couple of chimpanzese, to get the same answer's!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  31. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    That's not a fair choice ... Kerry has a brain ... Romney? no so much. But that said, and if this is just an in-house practice, Kerry may bring things to light that Obama can use in the real thing.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  32. s.

    I think there's one big difference that will be hard for Kerry to simulate. The Kerry we've come to know comes across as a rather slow and deliberate speaker, while Romney comes across as rather "high strung" and with "jerky" body language when speaking. Just sayin'.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  33. Virginia - Atlanta

    Some of my fellow old white Southern Women were discussing this on Sunday. We decided that there are similarities between Kerry & Romney, except that Kerry has principles. By the way not all old southern white women have respect for the far right, some of us have seen through the rhetoric that oozes from it.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  34. Gigi Oregon

    His ability to debate, his experience with President President Bush, and steadfast religious convictions (in common with Romney) gives him good instincts to prepare President Obama.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  35. Dave, Orlando, FL

    The problem is that Kerry and Romney have different core values. It is only the superficial that they share. Romney has shown that he has absolutely no concern for anyone but himself and his wealthy friends. He doesn’t care in the least how putting thousands of people out of work damages those people and the country as a whole, as long as he makes money. He doesn’t even care how his own family dog might feel about being strapped to a car for a road trip. Kerry, on the other hand, never did flip-flop – if you remember what really happened. It was just another Republican lie like the Swiftboaters. All he did was change his position to meet the changing situation. Unlike Bush who was incapable of reassessing when things on the game board changed – he continued with the same outdated plan and look where we are as a result.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  36. Larry in Houston

    Is John Kerry a good fill-in for Mitt Romney?
    After reading Your Article – Although True – Your Answer would be a strict YES he would be.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  37. Joe - New York, New York

    He is perfect Jack.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  38. EdfromMd

    A bit overkill, I doubt Romney can be burned by a cross or turn to dust in sunlight, at least not yet. But it's always the one you least expect, who knows.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  39. Duke from the Crowbar Saloon, Oregon

    Evidently, Kerry will need to dumb down. Though, Jack, you're right: neither of these snooty guys would come round to the old Crowbar, toss back primo suds, bank shot an eight ball then enjoy the interacitve play of the variegated light from huge sports TVs dappling onto the bar-rail's formica grain. Bertha would add her definition of "lap dance" to the festivities, which would actually make these snooty guys nervous– am I off-topic? So, hey, let's watch for Obama to artfully rudder the words "swift", "boat", "Bush" and "Cheney" into his debates with Romney. I'm voting for Michelle!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  40. Mark in Houston

    A good fill in ? Yeah probably so as long as he can nail down Romney's mind set that faith always outweighs fact and truth...thus his comfort with lying.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  41. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Why should anyone care if kerry is a good fill-in for obamas target practice. The media laughs at romney because he is rich but obama has done nothing but allow the rich bankers to get 0% money from the fed which they use for speculation instead of investing in america which would provide jobs for the legal working people on main street.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  42. Thom Richer

    An illogical and unreliable gamble. No none knows Romney's mind no matter the shared characteristics. A useless and desperate attempt to gain an edge. It is wasteful and without a predictable outcome. Has no concrete value. Mere pretending to be of worthiness.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  43. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Right now, who cares? We'll all find out in November.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  44. calaurore9

    Maybe they are hoping Romney will go the way of Kerry. Loser in the general election.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    June 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  45. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    No, he needs an actual real life conservative to hit him with the tough, REAL questions that Romney will hit him with. Since Obama has accomplished virtually NONE of what he promised in 2008, these debates are not going to be pretty for Obama and his supporters. Forget John Kerry, the President will just need a stiff drink before these debates.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  46. Dan in Aluquerque

    Jack, kerry is perfect. He endured the nastiest attacks on his character than any candidate in recent history. Those so-called "swift boat" attacks were filled with lies and propaganda and were financed by the rich, not a bunch of indignant right-wing veterans as they would have you believe.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  47. Karl in Flint, MI

    Kerry is an excellent choice, although much smarter then the character he plays.. Playing Romney takes a one blank page script. Romney will embarrass himself every question. As for who plays Obama? I'll volunteer. No matter what the subject or question, Mitt will have no reply to any of it. Seamus was easier to train then Mitt will ever be.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  48. Nancy, Tennessee

    John Kerry will do fine as a fill-in for Mitt. It's the President that I'm worried about. This election he will not have Hillary going first in the debates to give him content for his answers. Do you think Wolf Blitzer could fill-in for the President for the real debates? He's a knowledgeable guy with lots of class.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  49. WDinDallas

    Yale vs Harvard

    Kerry is richer than Romney, but all the money is inherited by his wife. Romney earned his.

    Kerry has more business experience than Obama, but so does the person asking you if you wants fries and a coke.

    Keery will smoke Obama....as will Romney when he gets a chance.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  50. Nickolaus, Baltimore

    Given that the two candidates are two sides of the same coin, I would suggest that the best person to play Mitt Romney in a mock debate might be Mr. Obama's bedroom mirror.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Sandstone

    "How can this guy Kerry still have a job, after his blatent lies about Vietnam so many years ago, and how he played such a large part into something he had nothing to do with??"

    June 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  52. Jon Savell

    Kerry is not a good stand in. Romney has been practicing debate considerably. He now has a "go for the jugular" style that I do not believe Kerry can simulate. In debate, Romney will attack fiercely, displaying contempt and disrespect. Kerry isn't tough enough to simulate this.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  53. Tom from Virginia

    I think President Obama is already fully capable of debating with Mitt Romney, after all he has had to argue every point and fight for every bit of legislation with the Republican Party for the past four years. It's not hard to debate answers that are incomplete and only partially true.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  54. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Of course! They are both dipsticks or wingnuts, take your choice.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  55. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Hmmm... I don't think so Jack, the democrats need to find an empty suit that is tall and hansom, with the conviction , integrity, and the moral consciousness of idiot figure head , like George W. Bush, but much better spoken. Democrats don't need to find the President a "sparing partner" for the President to win the debates, they just need to keep the President from caving and folding, maybe even start investigations of the crimes of the Bush Administration. Once they shed some light on those crimes, a lot of Republican voters will jump off the GOP ship, except for the a lot of the mentally challenged, who listen to Rush and tune into Faux News.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  56. Jim

    How many Mitt Romneys does Kerry have to play ? Granted, he has experience in flip flopping but thats going to be a tough one.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  57. Jason Rupert

    Jack they are IDENTICAL, thus OUR problem.

    p.s. STILL voting for Dr. PAUL

    June 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  58. Tim In Dallas

    Mitt Romney could show up to the debates with duct tape over his mouth, it wont matter in the end because the economy is terrible and the presidents record is even worse. Mitt Romney still has the edge and will win the election.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  59. Jeff

    Kerry fill in for Mitt Romney, sure, they both are gaging on golden spoons and both stuggle to get head out of behind, Obama, not much better. The smart people are not in politics.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  60. Jane - WI

    Our current President is and elitist, rich and aloof.
    John Kerry could be the stand in for Pres. Obama as well it would seem.
    Not sure if he could read a teleprompter as well as Mr. Obama, though, or make up those fake accents that Mr. Obama tends to do when pandering to certain ethnic crowds.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  61. mikerwinna

    Honestly, Jack.. I love your bit on CNN. But this is just a silly question.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  62. TomInRochNY

    Elite, rich, emotionless Massachusetts politicians, yes. But other than that they aren't anything alike. They have completely different plastic hair.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    June 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  63. Susan - Laguna Hills

    Yes, it would be a good fit except that Kerry is much more well-verse and knowledgeable then Romney in terms of anythong outside of US...Romney doesn't seem to know anything other then how to spell USA when it comes of the sense of global village...

    It would be very entertaining nonetheless....I love it.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  64. California Gary

    Are you kidding Jack? Thin out Kerry's hair a bit and these two guys would look like brothers. Only thing different about them is their politics (and in reality, I don't think Romney is that far away from Kerry).

    June 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  65. Greg Mundy

    I am sure that John Kerry would rather play Pres. Obama, I mean, I am sure Kerry doesn't want to play the loser again.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  66. Harry Lime

    Yes, and Kerry demonstrates the characteristic that separates the Dems from the Repubs. Kerry was given his hundreds of millions and Romney worked to earn it. So a perfect match for the surrogate role.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  67. D.A. Benson

    Jack,
    Kerry is a perfect fit to help Obama with the debate prep and I wish I could see it because Kerry will win.

    Dale Phoenix

    June 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  68. King

    Yes, they are both tall, rich and from MA. But to play him best, Kerry is going to need an "etch-a-sketch." I hope Kerry will add that nervous uncomfortable laugh Mitt makes during the campaign stops when he runs into regular folks, or sees regular food like donuts, home-made cookies etc.

    King, MA

    June 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  69. PHIL

    bruce campbell from the evil dead movie series would ave been a better choice.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  70. Joseph Hunter, Chicago,IL

    Definitely, John Kerry playing Mitt Romney in the practice debate is a great strategy that Obama's campaign team came up with, and the fact that John Kerry lost in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Elections makes it even better. Especially since John Kerry is more conservative than liberal. READ MY LIPS JACK CAFFERTY! Obama not only has a 99.9% chance of beating Mitt Romney, but he will embarrass the Tea Party with a landslide victory! Take that Birthers (Donald Trump) and puppets of the Tea Party (Hermain Cain)🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  71. liz

    Just how many purple hearts does Mitt Romney have?

    June 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  72. Rudy Padgett

    It doesn't take a lot of intelligence for anyone to fill in for Romney.

    Rudy
    Virginia

    June 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  73. Steve Orange

    "Romney has an estimated net worth of $250 million while Kerry's is at around $193 million." Pocket change according to Bill Gates.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  74. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Kerry is an excellent choice, he served in Vietnam while Romney avoided the draft four(4) times and remember Romney has the support of Veterans, this may turn that around.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  75. liz

    How much time did Mitt serve in Vietnam?

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  76. kramden11

    not sure if this is such a good move.....after all, it is kind of hard to act dumb and two faced

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  77. Lori from Indiana

    Kerry would be perfect. Tall, wooden and from the same state. Only differences are that Kerry actually served this country in uniform while the service Romney did was for himself.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  78. Pete in Georgia

    If Kerry actually goes thru with this he will be in therapy for years.....................pretending to be a conservative.
    He'll turn into a studdering insecure mental patient.
    Hey, I'd say go for it John...................sounds like an improvement to me.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  79. sandra bullock

    John Kerry is absolutely perfect to play Mitt Romney in the debates they both are boring ,aloof rich white guys!!!! I love John Kerry!!!! nothing personal!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Jan in Wa. State

    If he can avoid answering any questions of substance & say he will defer to the Generals or Congress he should be able to stand in.He will just have to clear his mind of any rational thoughts. He will have to make sure he doesn't stand for anything or anybody unless it is about corporations or rich people. I guess they could actually get a Pet Rock to stand in for Mr. Romney.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  81. Cee.La

    Haha he will need Coaching, because President Obama is very good speaker........Mitt not so much......

    June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  82. Richard

    Is this really a story? Must be a slow new day.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  83. Chuck

    Let's see, a "proven loser" in John Kerry, who is now trying to get another loser re-elected to a second term in the White House... It doesn't get any better than this Jack!

    June 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  84. lady490

    Jack, Sen Kerry has the height thing going on and he's smart....that's good. But since Mitt Romney's coach is Michelle Bachman's old coach, I think Kerry is going to have to try and master a bunch of useless, baseless punch lines to make his points.
    Its going to be interesting watch all the " I was for it before I was against it" policies Mitt Romney is going to have to explain.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  85. Sandstone

    "Well I keep telling you, Jack. I still know so very little about your people in power today, I was absent from all that for many many years, and only got involved again four years ago?? You've had so many lies told by your leaders, I wonder how they're still around. Romney never lied like Kerry did. When you can really nail him, ok!"

    June 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  86. phil o from Florida

    Jack your starting to telegraph your punches. Dont feel bad it happens to all over the hill fighters. There's a time to hang up the gloves, I've loved you for a long time but This is the most ridiculas question in a long, long, time!

    June 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  87. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl aren't they all privileged rich people anyway? if not when they got there, by the time they leave they are.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  88. Mr. D

    Pass the catsup. Let's watch it pour out of Kerry's bottle. It's about as much excitment as we will see from Kerry or Romney when it comes to debating. But, then again, if the subject is money it might be interesting. Are there any good movies on TV during the debates?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  89. George

    Kerry and Romney both should give up politics, as should 99.99% of all DC politicians. Professional politicians are the root cause of most, if not all, of the problems the average citizen has. Our forefathers did not intend the job of senator or congressman to be permanent.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  90. Chuku, Ndubueze

    It does not matter. Even a stick will be a good fill-in for Mitt Romney.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  91. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Practice is always good but President Obama is a master speaker who is able to articulate his thoughts and ideas in a clear and consise manner, make himself clearly understood and can answer questions concerning his statements with confidence and ease. Not so much for Mitt Romney.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm |