'Auto bailout' most popular Google search term for Romney during debate

The most common search on Google that was connected with Republican Mitt Romney’s name during the final presidential debate was "auto bailout," according to statistics compiled by the website.

Romney and President Obama had a lengthy exchange Monday night about the $80 billion bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2008 and 2009 that ended with both candidates encouraging viewers to read a New York Times op-ed that was written by Romney titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

Google said "auto bailout" was the most popular term that was searched for with Romney’s name from 9 to 10:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the conclusion of the candidates’ third and final debate.

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The website also said the phrase “what kind of car does Mitt drive” was the fourth most popular search in conjunction with the former Massachusetts governor. Interest in the GOP nominee’s car choice may have been fueled by his “I like American cars” statement in defense of his position on the auto industry assistance.

The most common Google search in common with Obama’s name last night was “apology tour,” followed by “bin Laden,” “2008” and “horses and bayonets.”

Other popular non-car related Romney searches included “what’s on flag pin” and “budget plan.”

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