A video appearance by New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Hochul gets early boost as NY gubernatorial race takes shape Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Boosters take a big step forward 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.
Mayor Bill De Blasio battling some (helium-related?) technical difficulties as he tries to video call into the Iowa Federation of Labor forum today. I’ll just leave this here. pic.twitter.com/7G0BUznYI9— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) August 21, 2019
De Blasio is appearing via a video feed that, hilariously and unfortunately, is distorting his voice by making it sound higher. pic.twitter.com/ae1zRYxXOZ— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 21, 2019
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.
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. https://t.co/Ad5QH4goqH— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 21, 2019
De Blasio was one of sixteen candidates slated to speak at the event in Iowa.
The mayor, along with Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeDeSantis eyes ,000 bonus for unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Boosters take a big step forward Fired WSU football coach suing school over illegal termination 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.