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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 12:20 PM

This is precious..Mitt Romney has already begun quietly prepping for his high-stakes debate [View all]

WASHINGTON — It’s 13 weeks away, but Mitt Romney has already begun quietly prepping for his high-stakes inaugural debate with Barack Obama.

Romney sources told the Daily News that during a three-day retreat he hosted late last month for big-time Republican contributors and party mandarins at Park City, Utah, the candidate also found time to squeeze in the first two rounds of what staffers call “debate prep.”

Romney convened six to eight campaign aides around a conference table at the elegant Chateaux at Silver Lake. They sorted through a variety of topics sure to come up in the three Presidential debates, like the state of the economy and the war in Afghanistan, and kicked around the best “test responses” to questions they expect Obama and debate moderators will toss at the ex-Massachusetts governor.

More such encounters are expected over the summer, but what one source called “podium practices” with an Obama surrogate won't happen for awhile — mainly because Romney doesn’t care for them all that much.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/exclusive-mitt-romney-prepping-debate-obama-13-weeks-article-1.1109157#ixzz1zxE56Ke3

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