ST. LOUIS – In a presidential debate filled with nasty remarks and insults, viewers fell in love with uncommitted voter and all-around nice guy Ken Bone after he posed a question to the candidates.
“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?” he asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
While Bone's question was well-intentioned, his overnight fame was fueled by his snazzy red sweater, white shirt-tie combination, his thick mustache, his disposable camera and of course, his catchy name, according to social media.
It turns out, the red sweater wasn't Bone's first choice and his reason for wearing it is beyond relatable.
"It was a long day yesterday. We were here for about 14 hours, sequestered. I had this really nice olive suit that my parents love to see me in. I gained about 30 lbs over the last year. When I got into my car to come here I tore the seat out of my pants. I had to move to plan B," said Bone. "It isn't the most trendy thing I've ever worn. But, I'm not the most trendy guy either."
Bone's honesty about his wardrobe malfunction brought out the best in people.
It also inspired people to be more like him.
Our sister station in St. Louis asked Bone why he thinks he became such an internet sensation.
"Realistically, I'm huggable and people were drawn to that. But, I like to think that people recognize that I'm just a regular guy. If my voice can be heard then their voice can be heard," Bone said.
"Yesterday I had seven Twitter followers and two of them were my grandma. That is because she forgot her password and had to do it over. Now I have a couple hundred. It seems bizarre to me, that people care what I have to say. I was just glad, through this red sweater ridiculousness, that people are becoming more engaged in the political process. My big message is that: Your voice is being heard."
After the debate, people couldn't stop talking about Bone, and we heard them loud and clear.
Here's a few of our favorite tweets saluting Bone.