The spotlight on the 2012 election will shift to the vice presidential candidates tonight as Joe Biden and Paul Ryan face off in their first and only debate.
The stakes will be high for Vice President Biden following President Barack Obama's lackluster performance in last week's debate.
Polls have shown the president's lead declining and Romney gaining among key demographics, including women.
Tonight's debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. will be moderated by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz.
As for the top of the ticket, President Obama is calling out Mitt Romney for telling the Des Moines Register that he would not pursue abortion-related legislation if elected.
Romney's camp later walked back that remark.
In a new interview with ABC News, the president says Romney's remark is an example of his "hiding positions he's been campaigning on for a year-and-a-half."
Meanwhile, Romney campaigned with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Ohio yesterday and again accused the president of breaking promises, specifically of failing to curb the deficit.
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Locally, New Yorkers will have to decide whether to cheer on the Yankees tonight or tune into the debate.
Voters planning to watch Biden and Ryan face off are setting the bar high for the vice presidential candidates.
Those who spoke to NY1 at the Jackson Hole Diner in Jackson Heights, Queens offered mixed predictions.
"I'm hoping for some fresh ideas and a, you know, a different take but I guess you know I won't know until I start watching," said one diner.
"With the way things are right now it's really important if anything happens the vice president has to step up. We have to make sure that that person is capable of doing the job that's going to be required," said another diner.
Tonight's debate begins at 9 p.m.