Dems Point to Ryan’s ‘Misleading Habits,’ Saying He Lied About His Marathon Time

October 11, 2012 - 10:26 AM
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In this Aug. 22, 2012, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a rally at a hardware store in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama campaign is pointing to what Paul Ryan said about his marathon running time as an example of the “misleading habits” that will be on display in tonight’s vice presidential debate.

In a video posted by the Obama/Biden “Truth Team,” entitled "The 7 Habits of Highly Misleading People," the president’s reelection campaign claims Ryan is prone to the “casual fib.”

The video plays a portion of a radio interview in which host Hugh Hewitt asked Ryan about his personal best time for running a marathon.

“Ah, under three, high twos,” Ryan said.  “I had a two-hours-and-fifty-something.”

The campaign then cites an article in Runner’s World that stated, “Paul Ryan has not run a marathon in less than three hours—or even less than four hours.”

“Will Paul Ryan display all these highly misleading habits in the debate?” the campaign asks at the end of the video. “We’ll find out tonight…”

Ryan later clarified his marathon statement, saying, “I literally thought that was my time. It was 22 years ago. You forget sorta these things."

He also submitted a statement to Runner’s World, after they found Ryan had run the “Grandma’s Marathon” in Minnesota in 1990, with the time of 4 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds.

"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,” Ryan said.  “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."

Ryan will debate Vice President Joe Biden Thursday evening at 9 p.m.