Before he had even finished asking his question at the second presidential debate on Sunday night, Kenneth Bone had become an instant online sensation.
Near the end of the debate, which was set up in part like a town-hall event, Bone — a former Domino’s Pizza manager and classic-car enthusiast, according to his Facebook page — posed a question for the two candidates about how they would craft their energy policies to reduce emissions while not harming jobs.
“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job layoffs?” Bone asked.
Bone’s earnest delivery, bright sweater, and suggestive yet punchy name attracted instant attention online, inspiring thousands of tweets and a Facebook fan page with thousands of followers:
— Volpe Shimoda (@VolpeShimoda)
— Skelebrad (@toreap)
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez)
Some observers inquired about Bone’s relationship status:
Ken Bone probably has a hot wife
— Tanya Chen (@Tanya_Chen)
— Michelle Markowitz (@michmarkowitz)
Former President Bill Clinton also went out of his way after the debate to thank Bone for his question:
Bone seemingly wanted to take in the moment before he left the stage.
— Matt (@Matt_Campbe)
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