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
10 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. Darlis

    Without a doubt, Romney was tne aggressor, but to think he honestly won the debate other than in style, you would have to disregard the fact that he is a chameleon.. It must be exciting to be Mitt Romney and wonder who you will be the next day.. Seriously! This man has so many faces, it is scary.. I'm sure the President will have to be able to debate any one fo the multiple personalities of Mitt Romney, but it is difficult to debate someone whose position is a daily surprise and is based totally on saying whatever he thinks he needs to to get elected. I don't know who the right think they are voting for, but he may actually change his name to Barack Obama before this is over.. and now he says he was totally wrong about the 47%... he was totally wrong, but does anyone think that he believes that?? sure, and the cat played the fiddle and the cow jumped over the moon.

    October 5, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Name

    I think Al Gore lives in the thin air!!!

    October 5, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. Brad

    Good to see that the Obama apologists are out as usual! He's busy running the country? He has been campaigning for the last two years – except when he is golfing! We got to see the real Obama Wednesday night – and it was eye opening for a number of people. Unfortunately, so people will never see the truth.

    October 5, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Matt

    Lamest. Excuse. Ever.

    October 5, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. John

    Gore? His name is Latin for Moron. Good lord, do the Dems and Liberal Media actually think people are stupid enough to buy this reasoning? I guess they do since the majority of Americans voted for an inexperienced community organizer last time. Have you noticed Obama supporters like him because he's "oool?" Or, they bash Romney because he's rich? Well, Sinatra was cool. How would he have don as POTUS? Kennedy was rich. Why didn't Dems bash him?

    October 5, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. sifto

    shocked that ANYBODY would stick up for this guy.....

    October 5, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. sifto

    funny to listen to commentators on CNN and MSNBC try to find another reason for Obamas poor showing as anything other than a lack of competence........they have blamed it on everything from the PBS (left wing) Leher to Big Bird....

    October 5, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Chipster

    The President didn't challenge any of the MANY false statements that Romney made but he did make the points that he wanted to make. Thin air? No, that's a joke. The air wasn't any thinner for the President than it was for anyone else in the room. 🙂

    October 5, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Peace

    Do any one think that Pres. Obama is all that stupid??? Folks it is what we call politic games. You must be smart to know how to do it. On Wednesday night it was not about debate. It was about acting. Romney was an actor and with honour so did Pres. Obama!

    October 5, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. Willie12345

    Biden and Gore ............... the Magical Pair. Like the Blues Brothers.

    October 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Padraig

    The question is did Obama's arrogance sway the debate, the answer is yes. He is an extremely arrogant individual. When challenged by anyone he will make remarks that demean the indiviudal, a heckler he will ridicule and his followers laugh instead of thinking what this person said. Does he have a point.

    The other big issue that swayed the debate was his record. it is horrible, as a nation we are further in debt, as individuals we are further in debt, there are fewer jobs, unemployment is truly at 16% or higher, more people are on assitance programs (food stamps, welfare), we still are in Afghanistan, Iraq (still have a presence), Somalia (why?) , bombed Libya, Yemen, and were heavily involved in a regime other throw as well in Egypt. I did not realize until the other day that Obama has pumped in 90 billion dollars into enegry companies like Salindra and they shut their doors. He has failed.

    Now because this was exposed and he couldn't come up with a lie to answer (no teleprompt) he is now resorted to calling Romney a liar. He may well be but if Romney did this he would be called a racist. That is what he and his followers run to as their trump card. I don't like his policies and where he took us and I don't care what color he is but I am considered a racist to some.

    October 5, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Cheyenne Jones

    You people are just going to open up a pandoras box if you start blaming pressure changes on peoples performances. What's next? Humidity was too high? Solar output wasn't 6500K???

    Foolish you are.

    October 5, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. sumhayseed

    and to think this guy was almost elected president..... he has two brain cells and they must be fighting each other

    October 5, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. dv

    Did Romney have different air on his side of the stage????? maybe it was Bush that caused him to SUCK!!!!

    October 5, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Dave

    Last I checked both Romney and Obama were breathing the same air that night. Perhaps if Obama wasn't a chain smoker the Colorado air wouldn't be an issue. Obama's real problem is that he didn't have the media or the moderator helping him cover for his lies and failures.

    October 5, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. angryersmell

    I found it funny that the media immediately lambasted the president and declared Romney the "winner", in spite of the fact "winner" in this case is largely undefined, and having watched the thing from start to finish, it didn't seem either of them did particularly well. Both stumbled at times, and neither landed any major shots. By the end I thought: "Romney did hold his own and talked a good game, and although Obama failed to shine like 4 years ago, he stayed on point, so really it seems like a tie,", yet within seconds most networks were pilling on derision for Obama's failure, and praising Romney. It was almost as if they all had a pre-planned narrative.

    Is it because you've all inflated the mythical image of Obama that you keep in your heads, that no perfomance would be good enough? If Babe Ruth shows up, it's either 3 homeruns or a total failure, is that it? It makes no sense. It was like watching a boxing match with no clear winner at the final bell, then hearing the score cards read unanimous decision.

    October 5, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Unemployment 7.8%. I'll take a slow recovery to a free-fall any time.

    And the government agencies are predicting 12 Million job growth no matter who is president, so for Mittens to try to take credit is just another bald-faced lie.

    We've had all the corporate welfare we need. really big bucks to oil and Ins., and they want to cut Sesame street – .001% – give me a break.

    October 5, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. John

    Hilarious and pathetic. Always looking to blame, never accountable.

    October 5, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. ExRepublican

    Romney seem like a angry man on the stage.
    Romney was lying about everything.
    Romney is a liar.

    October 5, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Charles

    Under the direction of King O'Bamma the EPA is poised to close 100 coal plants. What will that do to your energy bill? This is legislation without representation.

    October 5, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. TheBigSarge

    you lost mr. albert "the bore" gore, give it up. i guess there was just too much hot air in the denver sky, thanks to george bush and his global warming. face it, if bush is still influencing politics that much, maybe we need to bring him back.


    October 5, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. TSB8C

    Al Gore continues to prove what an idi0t he is, and why it's a good thing he lost the presidency.

    October 5, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. A. Quatroni

    Would all these clowns please stop making up excuses for this traitor to the American people? The fact of the matter is that HE HAS NOTHING TO SAY. The economy and all the other issues they debated on speak for themselves. This country has never been in such dire straits, and there's really no excuse for that.

    October 5, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. UDidntBuildThat

    Well unemployment is now 7.8% & the eocnomy is back and everyone should be happy now right? Obama policies are working right CNN?

    October 5, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Ex Democrat

    Obama seemed like an angry man on the stage.
    Obama was lying about everything.
    Obama is a liar.

    October 5, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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