The topics to be debated will be ones on which the two parties are known to have clear and oft-stated differences on the record: the individual mandate in health care, right-wing social engineering, Fannie Mae and Mac, Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, the definition of lobbying, America’s Libya policy and the sanctity if marriage (whoops, there is apparently clear agreement on that one).

“Let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood. Because I have said publicly those words were inaccurate and unfortunate.”