In the debate, McCain portrayed Barack Obama as an excessive spender, and he punctuated his attack (twice) with this example:
"[Obama] voted for nearly a billion dollars in pork barrel earmark projects, including, by the way, $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?"
"To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support -- which was not funded -- to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere.... To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math."
Obama: Once again, my opponent wants to deflect from the hard questions about the economy. How are you going to turn the tide, Republicans?Palin: Print more money and get rid of the penny. More bills, like tens and twenties, will help stimulate the economy. That's cold, hard math. And math is science. So we're the science party. We win. (Smile. Wave.) God bless!
Moderator: That's all we have for tonight voters. Now YOU decide.
Biden: Actually, it's the electoral college...