President Barack Obama on debate: 'I had a bad night'


On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama opened up about that debate for the first time in an ABC News exclusive.

Questions from Diane Sawyer put the president in a place Americans aren't used to seeing him: the defensive.

"Gov. (Mitt) Romney had a good night, I had a bad night," he said. "It's not the first time I had a bad night. But I think what's important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed."

"There's no doubt that I can make a better case, which is why I'm so looking forward to Tuesday," he added.

Polls show a clear shift in momentum towards Romney since that debate. In Ohio on Wednesday night, Romney looked energized and tried to dispel attacks on his honesty.

"It was a chance for people to see what we actually believed," he said to his supporters.

The remaining debates could make a critical difference in this close race, especially after last week's presidential debate.

The stage was being set for the vice-presidential candidates to square off in Danville, Ky. It will be a matchup between 69-year-old incumbent Vice-President Joe Biden and 42-year-old congressional budget guru Paul Ryan.

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