President Obama said during Monday night’s debate that the sequester -- a package of automatic spending cuts that go into effect in January if a budget deal isn't reached -- “will not happen.” 

Did Obama shift the game on this contentious issue? Wonkblog says no:  

Republicans say they were taken aback by the comment, and there’s been speculation that this could weaken his bargaining power during the fiscal cliff negotiations. 

But the remark doesn’t fundamentally change anything about the debate that’s on the horizon. Democrats and Republicans have been essentially united on the sequester: Neither party wants those cuts to happen, and there’s fairly broad agreement that Congress will figure out some way to prevent them from being enacted in full.