Gore: Altitude threw Obama off (no, really)
Former Vice President Al Gore on a high-stakes debate stage himself in 2000, debating then-Gov. George Bush at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
October 4th, 2012
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Gore: Altitude threw Obama off (no, really)

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore's analysis of President Barack Obama's debate performance Wednesday: the Mile High City may be to blame.

Pundits and a CNN poll of those who watched the debate both found GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's showing to be stronger than Obama's, who some described as appearing tired and long-winded.

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"I'm going to say something controversial here," Gore began. "Obama arrived in Denver at 2 pm today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver.

"When you go to five thousand feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust, I don't know," Gore said, as other panelists in the post-debate discussion chimed in.

The video of Gore on his television channel, Current TV, was posted online by several right-leaning websites, as well as media-watching websites.

Obama flew on Sunday from Washington, D.C. to Henderson, Nevada, where he held a rally that evening. Between Sunday and his Wednesday flight to Colorado, Obama and his debate team prepared for the big night in a hotel ballroom there.

Henderson reaches just shy of a half mile up from sea level, according to the Henderson Executive Airport's website, while Denver stretches a mile above sea level.

Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod defended his candidate on a Thursday conference call with reporters, saying he would leave evaluation of Obama's "performance" alone because he is no "theater critic."

"While Governor Romney had a very crisp performance, both candidates got points across," Axelrod said. "Both candidates got something out of the debate."

Romney, meanwhile, arrived in Denver Monday evening and also held a rally before hunkering down with advisers for his preparations.

Both candidates rewarded themselves with field trips between study sessions. Obama visited the Hoover Dam on Tuesday and stopped by a Nevada office for his campaign on Monday. Romney and Sen. Rob Portman, who was aiding in his debate preparations, stopped in at a Chipotle restaurant on Tuesday.

– CNN's Jessica Yellin and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Al Gore • Colorado • Nevada
soundoff (359 Responses)
  1. Tuna

    As an Independent voter, I thought that Rommey looked like Road Runner. Hair flying, head all over the place, mouth would not shut up. My vote is going to Obama.

    October 5, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Phil

    And that silly S.O.B. wonders why people question his ManBearPig stories... gimme a break. Hey.... why not blame it on constipation? Blame it on a sinus infection. Blame it on the replacement refs! But whatever you do, don't put the blame on you... blame it on the rain!

    October 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. UDidntBuildThat

    GI Joe -Unemployment 7.8%. I'll take a slow recovery to a free-fall any time.
    ____________________________________________
    yes while millions of Americans have seen their income fall as gas prices and inflation increase dramatically, while millions of Americans are underwater in their mortgages and 10 million+ more on govt assistance since 2009, as application for unemployment benefits increase this mth alone and millions have given up looking for work and are living off the govt. This is the economy you want under this Admin. "Slow growth" while people are suffering due to the horrbile policies of this Obama economy. yes lets have more of that!!!

    October 5, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. carlos

    let the PUBBIES have have their unintelligent comments, they are sooooo far removed from reality that will defend the apologizer mormon regardless of the truth.......really PATHETIC and so full of QUERULOUS PARANOIA......UGH

    October 5, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. MNAnonymous!

    Maybe Mr. Romney opened the windows on his jetliner on his way to Denver... That's why he was so high and energetic... he couldn't distinguish between his own world and reality...

    October 5, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    It is truly a sad day in America when news outlets are saying that Romney (aka Willard the Draft Dodger) won the debate. That is absolutely rubbish. All he did was do a 180 degree reversa of everything he's been saying for almsot 2 years. Willard is truly a pathological liar. He did not win anything. He simply went in to that debate with the idea that he had to convince the 47% of the middle-class he denounced at the billionaire's convention that he now has their intersts at heart. He is delusional and so is anyone who thinks he won the debate. He needs to see a shrink and get help. Obama will be reelected and thank God.

    October 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Grizz

    That explains why the Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche win every single one of their home games.

    Oh, wait–they don't.

    October 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    It is truly a sad day in America when news outlets are saying that Romney (aka Willard the Draft Dodger) won the debate. That is absolutely rubbish. All he did was do a 180 degree reversal of everything he's been saying for almost 2 years. Willard is truly a pathological liar. He did not win anything. He simply went in to that debate with the idea that he had to convince the 47% of the middle-class he denounced at the billionaire's convention that he now has their intersts at heart. He is delusional and so is anyone who thinks he won the debate. He needs to see a shrink and get help. Obama will be reelected and thank God.

    October 5, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Don in Auburn

    Al "I invented the Internet" Gore shows once again what a moron he is and how remarkably gullible some Democrats are.
    Denver is at 5,000 ft.
    Air Force One is pressurized to 6,000 or 7,000 ft.
    If the president can't think clearly at 5,000 ft, why should we trust him with the nuclear launch codes at 7,000 feet.

    October 5, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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