Obama to Crash Debate Prep in Nevada as Campaigns Lower Expectations - ABC News Team Obama is laying it on heavy that the president may be the less-prepared candidate because of the demands of his office. To date, Obama has had only a handful of two- to three-hour prep sessions at Democratic National Committee headquarters with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is standing in as Romney. Psaki said that Romney, by contrast, has been preparing like an Olympic decathlete with an unprecedented amount of practice. He started earlier than any candidate in modern history and running through mock debates five times in 48-hours, she said. One official, lowering the expectations bar even further for Obama, went so far as to note to ABC News that five out of the last six presidential challengers were judged to have won the first debate.