While pundits debated who emerged victorious from Sunday evening’s presidential debate, CNN was quick to declare the winner: debate questioner Ken Bone.
Bone, dressed in a bright red sweater, asked both major party nominees at the town-hall style debate, "What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power-plant workers?"
And the internet fell in love.
Google searches for “Ken Bone” spiked higher than any of the third-party candidates.
Ken Bone is now getting significantly more search interest than any of the third party candidates pic.twitter.com/JXlch7f9QL— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) October 10, 2016
Bone became a sensation on social media.
I want Ken Bone to wrap that beautiful red cableknit sweater of his around our divided nation. Only his warmth can save us now.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig)October 10, 2016
I bet Ken Bone brings roses to his wife randomly. Just because. What a gem. #Debate— Pam Chvotkin (@reddusfoximus) October 10, 2016
Let's all try to be a little like Ken Bone today: humble, wise, enjoying the hell out of a sweater.— Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) October 10, 2016
The red sweater worn by Bone sold out Monday.
Bone captured moments from the memorable evening on his disposable camera.
Kenneth Bone, fashion icon, and disposable camera user https://t.co/1Lr8robAoq— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) October 10, 2016
CNN’s Carol Costello interviewed Bone Monday morning — who was still wearing his red sweater, which he said was actually “plan B.”
"Yeah, I had a really nice olive suit that I love a great deal and my mother would've been really proud to see me wearing on television," he said. "But apparently I've gained about 30 pounds, and when I went to get into my car on the morning of the debate, I split the seat of my pants all the way open."
Bone, who said that after the debate he’s still an undecided voter and that he found the debate “really uncomfortable," appeared bemused to discover that he had become an internet sensation.
"I'm really glad that so much attention has come my way, if for no other reason than I can get the message out that your voice can be heard, and please get out and vote in November,” he said. “If you feel like your vote doesn't matter, it does. Make your voice heard."
Ken Bone says he wore the red sweater as a plan B to the debate because he “split the seat of my pants wide open” https://t.co/H9eL2wi5as— CNN (@CNN) October 10, 2016
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