NEW YORK (
) -- "Herman Cain" is a trending search topic after the former
CEO joined a number of lesser-known candidates in the first Republican debate on Thursday evening leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
The first debate of the season, which was held in Greenville, S.C., didn't garner much media attention as most of the big-name potential candidates such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump weren't present.
Among the five men who were at the debate -- Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum -- only Pawlenty is seen as having a legitimate chance at the GOP nomination.
In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, Cain said "the bigger problem" was that the goals of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan may no longer be clear to the American people.
"It's not clear what the road map to victory is," Cain said. "This is why I would revisit the issue in defining those three critical questions answering those questions before I as president made a decision."
"Oil price drop" is a hot Web search as oil prices continued to slide on Friday, dipping below $100 a barrel. The June crude oil contract was losing $1.74 to trade at $98.06 a barrel.
below the $100 mark as demand destruction fears and indications from the European Central Bank that it wouldn't lift interest rates next month resulted in a dollar bounce and took more life out of the commodities trade.
Oil prices have been dropping steadily throughout the week. Thursday's plunge was being viewed by some as the
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