Officially, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and maybe a certain pesky fly) were the only official candidates at Sunday night's presidential debate. But viewers who kept an eye on the social media buzz saw right away that one of the undecided voters on stage at the debate had become debate watchers' new favorite.
Ken Bone caught viewers' interest with his bright red sweater, his disposable camera (electronic devices weren't allowed) and his question about energy policy, a welcome veer back to serious issues in a night full of personal attacks. Bone, a 34-year-old operator at an Illinois coal plant, offered a question relevant to his own career, asking 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 layoffs?"
After the debate, Bone's name and image immediately started trending on Twitter, where he now has more than 38,000 followers.
And meme-makers wasted no time grabbing onto the very idea of Bone as a calming break from the campaign craziness.
His distinctive look appealed to one viewer who apparently has played the children's face-guessing game Guess Who?
And speaking of his look, it's likely to be a new Halloween costume.
But what would a Ken Bone presidency be like? He'd have to, uh, bone up on the issues -- Gizmodo criticized his energy question for not being hard-hitting enough. His inaugural-ball fashion would probably not be left up to him. Bone told CNN his wife selected his now-iconic red sweater after he split the pants on the olive suit he intended to wear.
He hasn't left that "undecided voter" group yet though. Bone told The New York Times that he'd been leaning toward voting for Trump but was impressed by Clinton's composure and some of her answers. And like much of America, he found the first half of the night uncomfortable, telling The Washington Post it was "kind of like hearing mom and dad fight when you're a little kid, covering your ears in your bedroom."
And while he doesn't tweet much, a compliment to his wife had, as of this writing, been retweeted more than 7,500 times.