De Blasio's video snafu earns laughter in Iowa

De Blasio's video snafu earns laughter in Iowa
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A video appearance by New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLawyer who inspired ABC's 'For Life' to run for mayor of New York Rockefeller Center Christmas tree viewing limited to 5 minutes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE at the Iowa Federation of Labor suffered a technical glitch that made the voice of the presidential contender sound high-pitched. 

Organizers apologized for the glitch, which had sparked laughter, and later replayed the video with a normal sounding de Blasio.


"First of all, I again apologize for the technical glitch, whatever happened with the mayor addressing us," an event official told attendees. "Following the next candidate's speech, we will play that video. We've managed to fix it." 

"You all deserve to hear the mayor speak in his own voice," the official continued.

Journalists quickly tweeted out the glitch, with one reporter pointing out that it sounded helium-induced. 

De Blasio later responded to the technical difficulty, joking that he would try his "best chipmunk impression" if it meant being able to share his message.

"If a high-pitched voice is what it takes to spread a message about putting working people first, pass the mic and I’ll try my best chipmunk impression while talking about how we achieved universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage and a #GreenNewDeal for New York City," he tweeted.

De Blasio was one of sixteen candidates slated to speak at the event in Iowa. 

The mayor, along with Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington county warns of at least 17 positive tests after 300-person wedding The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down Washington state issues sweeping restrictions to combat coronavirus surge MORE (D), was forced to cancel his in-person appearance due to flight delays, according to the NBC affiliate in Des Moines.

Updated 4:15 p.m.