Skip to comments.Paul Ryan exaggerates his marathon-running prowess
Posted on 09/02/2012 12:49:04 AM PDT by HarleyD
Voters will have to decide how much to ding Republican vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan for slamming President Obama on a debt reduction commission, when Ryan made the same judgment himself with a vote in Congress.
That kind of inconsistency is easy to prove, if a bit arcane for some Americans. But there is nothing mysterious to the athletically-inclined about marathon times, so it will be interesting to see how the public reacts to Ryan carving a huge hunk out of his best time for the 26.2-mile race.
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But no concern about seeing Obama’s real birth certificate.
This was a reckless boast on Ryans part. Politicians, of course, routinely do this kind of thing and must be called on it when nailed. However, if the rats want to make a big deal out of it then lets revisit, ad infinitum, their own stolen valor scumbags, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Tom Harkin, who both lied about being Vietnam veterans.
There is a big difference between recklessly, even if innocently, exaggerating an old marathon time with claiming to be a war veteran. Ryan should get a smack on the back of the head from Romney; Blumenthal and Harkin should be in jail.
Can I rewrite the headline?
ROMNEY WIN IMMINENT; MEDIA MAKES MOUNTAIN OUT OF MOLEHILL, IGNORES BIDEN GAFFES
A Reckless boast saying you ran a marathon in 1990 in 2 hours 50 something and it was actually 4 hours surely you jest. Did the Times happen to mention if Ryan said he was dodging sniper fire at the same time like our current Secretary of State did who if I am not mistaken ran for President and might again. I find the marathon scandal a joke.
He’s just of Kenyan descent on his father’s side./sarc?
Next up: Romney has exaggerated the size of fish that he hooked but that got away, and the Ryans claim that their kids get better grades than they do.
I haven’t read or heard the original interview, but Ryan doesn’t seem like the type to deliberately try to lie. My husband runs marathons all the time and you can see the race results immediately after the race now (with the bigger races) so Ryan would have known that. I would bet that instead it was simply a slip of the tongue on Ryan’s part. Goodness knows *I’ve* messed up like that a time or two, and I’ll bet others have as well. Wasn’t there some guy who said there were 57 states? ;o)
He should have known someone would check it out/Runners World did. They have this story on their site showing nasty comments. They never talk politics that I know of. I image that story will be gone soon or at least they’ll close off the comment section.
This just in:
Reliable sources claim Ryan has cooties!
Gives the Republicans the perfect opportunity to reintroduce Neil Kinnock.
How many trees died so that the LA Times could publish this nonsense. Where’s Green Peace on this?
“...looking for American jobs - On every golf course he finds ....”
I wonder if he’s run into OJ, searching for the “real killers”?
I know, I know, that’s racist!
LA Times continues it War on Marathoners!
I heard Obama uses over-sized golf balls. What about that, LA Times?
Maybe, I mean this is like the THIRD time this story has been posted in several hours. Some here would probably love to keep this sh*t going until the R&R campaign was broke and thrown off course in order to lose this election. See, it’s all about showing the GOP-e what’s what.
If they all start to unzip their pants during the debates I’m gonna scream.
I know, I know, thats racist!
Seems like just yesterday when Bill Cosby turned heads playing tennis with Robert Culp on I Spy.
“Voters usually have some patience, but they can quickly become displeased with politicians whose prevarications become routine.”
Didn’t stop them voting in Obama/Biden
That is why obama plays so much golf...he is providing caddie jobs—and i’m sure he gives at least 50 cent tips..
Our congresswoman, Jean Schmidt of 2d Ohio, nearly was derailed by a claim about marathon running. As it turned out, she did have proof to back up her claim
In normal circumstances, one doesn’t forget one’s best time by an hour. A sub 3 hour versus a 4 hour marathon is a huge difference.
The thing that always baffles me about this is that a 9 minute pace over 26 miles is an accomplishment. Sure, it isn’t a world record or anything, but simply completing the race is what marathoning is about.
It was a dumb mistake on Ryan’s part if the details we’ve been provided are correct.
Ryan broke one of the cardinal rules for Republicans. Never play fast and loose with the truth at any level thinking you`re going to get the same break as a democrat. Obama has lied left and right about his background and the “media” never called him on it. As active partners of the dems, they`ll turn this into a major attack on Ryan`s credibility.
The double standard is unfair and it sucks but Repubs know that going in. Don`t fudge the facts.. on anything. The oppo researchers will call you on it.
They don’t think like the rest of us.
This story's been hot on the Runners' World Beginners Forum for a day and a half now. Turned (of course) from a race discussion to a political discussion rather quickly. Naturally, the liberals started bashing Ryan and naturally, I stepped up and set the record straight.
It plays straight from the democrat party's latest mantra - that Ryan lies and can't be trusted. You saw it right after his speech when they tried to discredit his facts about the GM factory in his home town. And, of course, you saw the mainstream media spouting their latest talking points without even doing any REAL fact checking.
It's all part of the leftists' game. Commies at the DNC creat the latest news, the synchophants at the MSM broadcast it, and ignorant people believe it.
Time for a useful comparison. Ryan was what 20 years old when he ran that marathon and he has already corrected his error. I am betting that his error is not quite up there with Bidenopolis, the chain toting Slurpee man with the Indian accent story, and his tiny plagiarism scandal that caused him to withdraw from the 1988 Presidential campaign but who knows, this could be big as a peanut.
If Joe Biden made the same mistake, we’d be snickering too.
The only difference is that there are way more of them in the MSM. We’ll probably be hearing about this for a while.
Exactly. If he was an avid marathoner, it would be inexcusable - having done it so long ago and moving on to other things just shows he doesn't have an eidetic memory - either that or he was baiting Obama and using sports intimidation "boasting" as a hedge...
Let’s not forget John Kerry’s Boston Marathon experience.
He served in Viet Nam, ya know.
Can someone remove this from “breaking news” so people waking up can actually partake in real news.
I dont come to FR for this type of bullshit.
It wasn’t a quibble. He exaggerated by more than an hour. But hey! Everybody lies about athletics.
It took me sever minutes to remember what grade I was in 22 years ago
I think that was the year I won 3rd place in a foot race during Field Day...I think.
“In normal circumstances, one doesnt forget ones best time by an hour. A sub 3 hour versus a 4 hour marathon is a huge difference.”
It’s 22 years ago and a frigging foot race, not your wedding anniversary.
My wife ran a 5K 5? 6? years ago. She told me she barely can vaguely remember the time.
Good news, this will all soon be forgotten.
Details are only remembered by those who regularity participate in the sport. My wife is a frequent marathoner/triathlete and can recall most of her times.
However, even she thinks that to expect a one-timer to remember the details of a race that occurred over twenty years ago would be very unlikely. They focus on the “event”, not the “time”
However, it still baffles me that the press finds time to scrounge up this tidbit and the fact that Romney cut some kids hair in High School, yet still can’t find the college transcripts of our current president (after four years).
That's correct. I'm presently a runner. I know my 5K PR time because it was run just a couple of months ago (and I'll hopefully beat it in tomorrow's race). Had it been a one-off marathon 20+ years ago, I'd be hard-pressed to remember my time unless I looked it up.
I’ve completed the distance 11 times in addition to a 40K, 50K, and a 50 mi. The 40K is technically not a marathon but if you add the warmups I exceeded the 42K (=26.2) threshhold. I also list it because it was perhaps my best racewalk performance in a national competition. My time was 4:03:15.
I have run three marathons. I can tell you that the pain of the last hour is something that you try to forget.
Pray tell, how do you do that?
A lie is a lie, not an "exaggeration."
At least he's not boasting he was born in Kenya.
I have my inaugural half on November 10. Hoping to break 2 hours, but a more realistic time might be 2:10 based on my 15K performance back in April.
Even at 53 years of age, I'm still relatively new to this running thing (I have about 15 months experience). I'm still getting faster, but I also recognize that old age will eventually surpass 'beginners' gains' and my monthly PRs will stop.