Debate Star Ken Bone Takes Fame With Sense of Humor

He explains that sweater
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2016 12:09 PM CDT
Debate Star Ken Bone Takes Fame With Sense of Humor
Ken Bone listens as Hillary Clinton answers a question.   (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

Ken Bone and his bright red sweater became Internet famous Sunday night when he rose to ask a question on energy policy of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (The "real hero of the debate," pronounced Quartz, which rounds up some of the social media love.) Bone, for his part, seems to be taking it with a dose of good humor. He appeared on CNN Monday morning, deliberately re-wearing his now-famous sweater. “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, but apparently I have gained about 30 pounds, and when I went to get in my car the morning of the debate I split the seat of my pants all the way open,” he explained.

“So the red sweater is plan B," he said, per Politico. "I’m glad it worked out." As for the debate itself, Bone said it got "very uncomfortable" at times because of the personal digs, almost "like watching mom and dad fight." He added that he's more confused than ever about who to vote for, though he chided Trump for dredging up Bill Clinton's scandals, which "has very little to do with Hillary Clinton's ability to be president." Bone is evidently a former Domino's Pizza manager from Missouri and a classic-car enthusiast, reports Slate. And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has you covered if you want to buy a similar sweater. (More presidential debate stories.)

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