Al Gore said Denver’s high altitude caused Obama’s poor debate performance
Denver, CO, United States (4E) – Environmentalist and former Democrat presidential nominee Al Gore came to the defense of President Barack Obama by putting the blame on Denver’s high altitude for the president’s poor debate performance on Wednesday night.
Gore said that the president did not have enough time to adjust to the city’s altitude of over 5,000 feet above sea level.
Most pundits say that Romney beat Obama in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. Many noticed Obama was not his usual self, while some are even saying that his dismal performance could cost him the election.
Gore, who made the controversial remarks on Current TV, said that Obama only made it to Denver just a couple of hours prior to the start of the debate. He added that Romney made most of his preparations in Denver, suggesting that the former Massachusetts governor had the advantage of being at the Colorado capital for an extended period.
Actor John Fugelsang said that Gore’s theory is not at all bizarre. He recalled that the first time he came to Denver, he also felt the altitude had a different effect.
Altitude sickness is the term used to describe various symptoms linked with low pressure or high altitude such as flu, hangover or carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also known as acute mountain sickness or AMS.
AMS normally occurs at altitudes of beyond 8,000 feet where an individual is exposed to acute exposure up to low partial pressure of oxygen.
Denver’s official elevation is recorded at 5,280 feet above sea level.