Ken Bone, the new internet sensation who asked one of the final questions in Sunday’s presidential debate, told CNN on Monday that his now famous red sweater was really his “plan B” outfit.
In his interview with CNN’s Carol Costello, he revealed that his original plan was to wear “a really nice olive suit” until he hit a snag.
“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 told the CNN host. “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.”
“So the red sweater was plan B,” he continued, “and I’m glad it worked out.”
Bone asked the second-to-last question of the debate, focusing on how each candidate’s energy policy would be good for the environment and jobs. Videos of him shaking hands with former President Bill Clinton and taking photos with a disposable camera went viral online, and soon a Facebook fan page for the Missouri man gained thousands of followers.
In his Monday-morning interview, Bone wore the same red sweater that his newly found fans raved about online in the hours that followed the debate.
“I don’t see how I could have not worn the red sweater this morning,” he said. “It’s more famous than me. I just had to bring myself along.”
His popularity also helped him grow his Twitter following considerably.
“I went from last night having seven Twitter followers, two of which were my grandmother because she had to remake her account because she forgot her password, to now I have several hundred,” Bone said. “I don’t know why they care what I have to say but I’m glad they’re engaged in the political process.”
He said the debate consisted of a lot of bickering between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying that it “felt like mom-and-dad fight” and that “it was really uncomfortable.”
But the undecided voter added that he thought both presented compelling, substantive arguments on the issues once viewers could get past the vitriol.