I think he needs to anticipate what the criticisms from Romney are and have a handful of responses in his back pocket.
Obama said in terms of the pace of withdrawal, he did not anticipate any sudden changes to the plan devised with NATO.
The media has come to anticipate fantastical sets, not to mention generous ticket allocations, at the Louis Vuitton shows.
Yet, let us anticipate the argument that traitors might draw up.
You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings.
“I do not anticipate much difficulty as to that,” answered the professor.
She was distrustful of the future, and apt to anticipate bad fortune.
It was hoped to anticipate the demands of the Conference by a scheme of reform wider than they were likely to advise.
This junction O'Neill was determined to defeat, and did defeat it;—but let us not anticipate.
I was not; but both Hugh Atherton and myself were led to anticipate what the tenor of it would be.
1530s, "to cause to happen sooner," a back-formation from anticipation, or else from Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," literally "taking into possession beforehand," from ante "before" (see ante) + capere "to take" (see capable).
Later "to be aware of (something) coming at a future time" (1640s). Used in the sense of "expect, look forward to" since 1749, but anticipate has an element of "prepare for, forestall" that should prevent its being used as a synonym for expect. Related: Anticipated; anticipating.