It appears that President Obama is well aware of critiques that he’s long-winded, with his campaign making his characteristically drawn-out answers a focus of his preparations for the upcoming presidential debates, which begin Oct. 3.
Obama, who will face off against Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three debates in October, has had less practice time than Romney has enjoyed so far, aides say. Romney participated in 20 debates during the Republican primaries, and had a sizable amount of preparation earlier this month.
“We know that Romney and his team have seemed to prepare more than any candidate in modern history,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday during a discussion with reporters on Air Force One. “They’ve made it clear that his performing well is a make-or-break piece for their campaign.”
Obama, largely occupied by the responsibilities of the Oval Office and a rigorous campaign schedule, is trying to make up for that deficit by studying up on his opponent and his policies during travels on Air Force One and open moments at the White House, according to Reuters. Obama's stand-in for Romney during his practice debates is former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).