Debate breakout star Ken Bone charms Jimmy Kimmel, says he's still on the fence

Ken Bone talks to Jimmy Kimmel about the debate, his famous red sweater
(Image credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Arguably the only real winner of Sunday night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was Ken Bone, an audience member who asked a question about energy policy and became instantly famous for his red sweater and mustache. Jimmy Kimmel interviewed him on Monday's Kimmel Live, and the first questions weren't exactly hard-hitting. "Do you have any idea of how adorable you are?" Kimmel asked. "That's a definitive yes," Bone said.

"When did you find out that you'd suddenly become famous?" Kimmel asked. Bone explained that the debate audience wasn't allowed to have phones or other electronic devices inside the debate hall, and "when I turned my phone back on when I got back to my car, at about 10:15 central [time] and I had a few thousand missed messages, I started to think maybe today was going to be a long day." It's when Kimmel asked Bone if he was still undecided over who he will vote for that things got interesting. "Everybody doesn't like it that much, but I think I'm more undecided than I was before," Bone said. "I had to sort of put my head down while mom and dad were arguing over Thanksgiving dinner last night."

"Are you, like, an indecisive person in general?" Kimmel asked. "Not usually," Bone said. "This is an unusual political cycle, it's been so negative, and I try to really base most of my decisions on positive things, and neither of them has given me many. Donald Trump maybe is more in line with my economic interests, because I work in coal electricity, but I would really hate for anyone's rights to be taken back. We fought so hard to get marriage equality and rights expanded to more Americans, and I couldn't — it would be unconscionable for me to see those taken away by a Supreme Court justice appointed by Donald Trump." Kimmel's audience liked that, and when an audience member dressed like Bone asked how he got his famous style, Bone answered: "I would love to say that I was born this way. I think the short answer is that my wife dresses me, like all great Americans." Watch below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.