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John McCain needed a big night at Tuesday's second presidential debate to turn around a race that seems to be getting away from him. So he hit Barack Obama where it hurts: in the overhead projector.

McCain was asked about the global economic crisis. The Republican candidate answered by accusing Obama of voting for "$3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago."

Minutes later, another questioner at the town-hall-style debate asked what sacrifices would be required to restore the American dream. McCain answered that "we have to eliminate the earmarks," including -- you guessed it -- "the overhead projector that Senator Obama asked for."

The markets took another plunge Tuesday in what pretty much everybody calls the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And we're talking about overhead projectors?

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | October 8, 2008; 12:00 AM ET
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