Some Things Are Too Important To Lie About

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been widely criticized for not just bending the truth during his recent acceptance speech, but for stomping all over the truth, leaving it for dead. It’s possible that he might have gotten away with lying about Medicare, the auto bailout and the national debt, but there was no way he’d get away with lying about running marathons. People like the editors at Runner’s World take running very seriously.

In a recent radio interview, Ryan implied that he had run more than one marathon and that his best time was under three hours:

PR: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or less.
HH: But you did run marathons at some point?
PR: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.
HH: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?
PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.
HH: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami University…
PR: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.

Running a marathon in less than three hours is quite an achievement. Unfortunately for Ryan, Runner’s World did some research, which they presented to the Ryan campaign, which resulted in the following:

A spokesman confirmed late Friday that the Republican vice presidential candidate has run one marathon. That was the 1990 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, where Ryan, then 20, is listed as having finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.

It was 20 years ago, but runners remember their best times. Running a marathon in 4 hours is a lot less impressive than running it in 2 hours, 50 minutes. Running 1 marathon is less impressive than running 2 or more.

So the evidence multiplies. Paul Ryan is a serial liar, someone who regularly lies to advance his agenda or make himself look good. Many politicians do that. They shouldn’t be Vice President.

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