Several versions of the clip were posted on YouTube by mostly right-leaning blogs, and later distributed by a GOP video channel.
By Thursday afternoon, the altitude remark propelled “Al Gore” to a nationally trending topic, helped along by Comedy Central’s Indecision account and conservatives such as Republican National Committee Political Director Rick Wiley, who called Gore’s theory “priceless.”
From the creator of the internet, Al Gore, the reason O did poorly last night bit.ly/PZk6VH PRICELESS— Rick Wiley (@rick_wiley) October 4, 2012
Al Gore is working on a documentary proving that the Earth's altitude is getting dangerously high.— Indecision (@indecision) October 4, 2012
The terms “altitude” and "Al Gore" were closely tied to mentions of Obama on Twitter the day after the debate, according to PoliPulse, a social-media monitoring project by the PR firm Powell Tate.
The University of Denver hosted Wednesday's presidential debate. Denver is located a mile above sea level.