ST. LOUIS – In a presidential debate filled with nasty remarks and insults, audience member and uncommitted voter Ken Bone became an internet sensation after posing a question to the candidates, and FOX 4's sister station KTVI caught up with Bone to learn more about his experience and fashion choice.
“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?” Bone asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sunday night.
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.
Bone told KTVI that he works as a power plant operator and lives in Belleville. He says he is originally from Granite City.
According to KTVI, Bone has been answering Gallup polls for a number of years and recently when they called he told them he was undecided, which prompted them to invite him to participate in the town hall debate.
Bone described the experience as surreal.
"Yesterday I had seven Twitter followers and two of them were my grandma," Bone told KTVI. "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."
Bone also told KTVI that he always assumed the town hall participants were given a question to ask, but he followed that comment up by saying that belief was absolutely not the case.
"I came up with that question myself," Bone told KTVI. "I talked to the producers about it. The campaigns never got to hear it."
When asked if he felt the candidates gave him a sufficient answer, Bone said, "I would have liked to hear more from Mr. Trump about environmental protection. I would have like to hear more from Secretary Clinton about protecting the jobs of our fossil plant workers."
#KenBone became a top trending topic on Twitter with more than 94, 000 tweets mentioning him as of early Monday. On Facebook, his name was also among the most talked about topics.
When asked about the icon sweater, Bone told KTVI the outfit choice was actually his second pick.
"It was a long day yesterday," Bone told KTVI. "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."
Bone told KTVI that despite attending the debate, he is still undecided and looks forward to watching the next debate.