Kenneth Bone (and His Red Sweater) Emerge as the Breakout Star of the Second Presidential Debate


He may be an undecided voter, but America has decided it loves Ken Bone.

While attending Sunday night's presidential debate, the Illinois resident asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a question about U.S. energy policy, and in the process, won everyone's heart through his affable demeanor and delightful quarter-zip red sweater.

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Many also found joy in the joviality the guy could project while still rocking an incredibly badass name like Ken Bone. The contrast left many hoping he could host a recurring news segment called "The Bone Zone."

Oh, and Bone's even more amazing moment came after the debate, when he snapped a picture to commemorate the occasion.

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Basically, Bone has emerged from the incredibly contentious second debate to be something of an Internet celebrity, inspiring parody Twitter accounts, Halloween style guides for the "Ken Bone look," and even a search to find the actual sweater he wore (according to GQ, it was available on Amazon, but has already sold out.)

Meanwhile, Bone has responded to all the sudden notoriety, as you might expect, positively and with a sense of humor.

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"I went from last night having seven Twitter followers, two of which were my grandmother," Bone said Monday morning on CNN, "to now having several hundred."

Bone even rocked his iconic red sweater for the interview, explaining, "I don't see how I could not have worn the red sweater this morning. It's more famous than me."

But as it turns out, the now-famous clothing item almost never happened!

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"I had a really nice olive suit that I love a great deal, and my mother would have been very proud to see me wearing on television," Bone shared. "When I went to get in my car the morning of the debate, I split the seat of my pants all the way open."

Oh, no! Well, at least the last-minute wardrobe change was an incredible success -- and will almost certainly earn Bone an homage on Saturday Night Live next weekend.

And because this dream just keeps coming true, Jimmy Kimmel Live announced on Monday that the friendly voter would be a guest on the show, tweeting, "KEN BONE on #Kimmel! Jimmy will talk to the real winner of the #debate TONIGHT!"

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Now, aside from his ascension to the meme hall of fame, Bone was also at the debate to hear the substantive issues, and had a lot of thoughts to offer up about how the candidates did.

The voter told CNN that moderators Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper "did an excellent job moving us through under difficult circumstances."

"At points during the debate, it almost felt like watching Mom and Dad fight. It got very uncomfortable from up close," Bone said. "But if you can dig through some of the rhetoric ... I think there really were some substantive answers."

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Bone admitted to the New York Times on Monday morning he had been leaning toward Trump, but said that Clinton "really impressed me with her composure and some of her answers last night."

Watch the video below for more reactions to last night's debate.

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