Top Google Search For Debate: ‘Horses And Bayonets’

The top rising search term on Google during tonight’s final presidential debate tonight was “horses and bayonets,” according to the search engine giant, referring to President Obama’s rebuttal to Mitt Romney that the Navy didn’t need more ships.

“You mention the Navy, and how we have fewer ships than 1916. We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed,” Obama said.

See the full list of search terms below, including for each candidate, courtesy of Google:

  • Top 5 Rising Searches of the Night (9 EDT to 10:45 EDT)


1. horses and bayonets

2. syria

3. mali

4. drones

5. tumult


  • Rising Terms with Each Candidate (9 EDT to 10:45 EDT) 


For Obama:

1. obama’s apology tour

2. obama bin laden

3. obama 2008

4. horses and bayonets

5. pink bracelet


For Romney:

1. auto bailout

2. what is on romney’s flag pin

3. budget plan

4. what kind of car does mitt romney drive

5. mitt romney governor 



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