Is this the kind of man you’d put your trust into? Over the weekend, Paul Ryan admitted to have lied about his marathon time. While this is obviously not the biggest lie a politician has ever told, it does however matter enough to have voters think twice about whom they will vote for.
Politicians lie. Or don’t tell the whole truth. Or maybe reinterpret the truth to their benefit. There’s no surprise about that. Still, when the media catches the liar during presidential elections, a lie as insignificant as a marathon time is just as huge as hiding controversial funding or mistresses. Paul Ryan’s admittance to have lied about his marathon time is just the latest of the half-truths and lies the VP nominee was caught in during these past few weeks.
Last week, VP nominee Paul Ryan was bragging about his athletic performances on Hugh Hewitt’s show. He said his personal best in a marathon was “under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something”. Well, that’s impressing for a 26.6 miles marathon.
But not many picture Paul Ryan as an athlete, so Runner’s World magazine wanted to check that out. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find Paul Ryan on any marathon list. So they asked his campaign which answered that Paul Ryan participated in one marathon. In 1990, then the 20-year-old VP-nominee-to-become ran in … wait for it … Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.
His best in the Granny marathon? Well suffice to say he ran 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds. Now his alleged best time on Hugh Hewitt’s show was “2 hours and fifty-something”. Why would someone lie about such an insignificant thing as a marathon time twenty years ago?
“The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin – who ran Boston last year – reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three” reads a statement from Paul Ryan somewhat admitting to the marathon time lie.
“If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight” reads Paul Ryan’s official statement. An admittance of some sort, yet so confusing.
GOP should definitely give Paul Ryan a good lesson in lying like a good politician as fast as possible.