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High Altitude to be Blamed – Presidential Debate

“During a post-debate analysis on Current TV, Gore went out on a limb and questioned if Denver’s environment had something to do with the president’s flop.

‘I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore started, “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust. I don’t know… Maybe.’

…Altitude sickness is a proven illness.”

~Huffington Post

The reason for President Obama’s dismal debate was altitude sickness according to Al Gore.  For him to come to this conclusion, he used Abductive Reasoning to explain the president’s poor performance on Wednesday night.  So how high does someone have to go to before his reasoning affected?  At least 6,000 feet as some studies have suggested that the first signs of short-term memory problems begin to appear at about 6,000 feet.  However, according to Gore’s information, the president had only reached 5,000 feet.  True, altitude might have been a factor that affected Obama in that debate, but to blame a lost debate on altitude?  Seems a bit far-fetched.  There are many factors that could justify the “flop”, for example, unexpected set-up by Romney, unpreparedness, fatigue, stress…etc.  Thus Al Gore’s statement cannot be proved sound.



One thought on “High Altitude to be Blamed – Presidential Debate

  1. Interesting. Perhaps, Obama’s unimpressive performance was due to the fact that he still has to run a country and Romney ‘just’ has to run a campaign. Or maybe it was the altitude..


    Posted by Chris Price | October 5, 2012, 6:27 pm

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