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Politics

Busy schedule forces Obama to cancel debate practices

Romney able to spend more time on preparation

WASHINGTON — President Obama has been forced to cancel several debate practice sessions with Senator John F. Kerry, whom he tapped to play stand-in for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, leaving little time for them to spar before next week’s first presidential debate.

The Massachusetts senator has held at least one mock debate with Obama to help him prepare for the first matchup against the former Bay State governor, to be held Oct. 3 in Denver, but several others were canceled due to the president’s busy schedule, said deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.

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