Debate Day In Danville: The Battle For No. 2


--OBAMA: I'M CONSISTENT, ROMNEY'S NOT. In his interview with Sawyer, President Obama painted Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper who's dashed to the center just a month before the election. Asked about Romney's statement this week that abortion legislation isn't on his agenda, Obama told ABC: "This is another example of Governor Romney hiding positions he's been campaigning on for a year and a half ... Governor Romney has made very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns Roe v. Wade, that he will be fully supportive of that. And he said, 'I will appoint justices that overturn Roe v. Wade.' And now, four weeks before an election, he is trying to cloud the question when it comes to women's rights to control their own health care decisions. The one thing that I think people, Republicans as well as Democrats, can say is that there has been consistency with me from the time that I started running for president to today. And there will be consistency all the way through the next four years of my presidency. People will know where I stand, what I believe, what I'm fighting for, and that's part of leadership."

--LESSON LEARNED: LET PEOPLE KNOW 'HOW DEEPLY I CARE ABOUT IT.' Sawyer pressed President Obama to explain why he performed the way he did, and what lessons he could draw from it. Obama's response: "There's no doubt that I can make a better case, which is why I'm so looking forward to Tuesday. ... I do think one lesson learned is just to make sure that people understand how much is at stake, and how deeply I care about it."

--OBAMA'S ADVICE FOR BIDEN: LET JOE BE JOE. What advice does President Obama have for Vice President Joe Biden on squaring off with Paul Ryan in tonight's debate? "I think Joe just needs to be Joe. Congressman Ryan is a smart and effective speaker, but his ideas are the wrong ones and Joe understands that."

TUNE IN TODAY: ABC NEWS' COVERAGE OF THE DEBATE. ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage of tonight's vice presidential debate, moderated by ABC's Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, as well as the remaining two presidential debates.

ON TV: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor special coverage of the debate from ABC News Election Headquarters in New York from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET tonight. Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined by members of ABC's political team including: Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper; "ABC World News" weekend anchor David Muir, who covers the Romney campaign; Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting live from ABC's Fact or Fiction Desk in Danville, Ky.; and ABC News political analysts.

ONLINE: ABC News Digital will provide live debate coverage anchored by ABC News Political Director Amy Walter and "Good Morning America" Weekend Anchor Dan Harris from 8:00-11:30 p.m., ET. The coverage will be live-streamed across several platforms including, Yahoo!, Yahoo! News,, ABC News' iPad & iPhone apps, as well as on ABC News affiliate websites. ABC News Digital coverage will also serve as the official provider of the debates on YouTube's Elections Hub. ABC News Digital will have a one-hour pre-show at 8:00 p.m., ET and a one hour post-show each night of the debates, as well as a 30-minute noon show.

ON THE AIR: ABC News Radio will provide live coverage of each debate from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET including 30 minutes of post-debate analysis. ABC News Radio Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor ABC News Radio's coverage from each debate site. He will be joined by ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton, ABC News Radio correspondents Vic Ratner, Steven Portnoy and Alex Stone. In addition, Katersky will anchor a one-hour preview before each debate from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET.

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