Reid makes Ryan gaffe a partisan shot on Senate floor


WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday mocked Paul Ryan, saying the Republican candidate's miscalculation on his marathon time should call into question all the numbers in his economic plan.

With lawmakers moving back into session after a monthlong recess, Reid picked up where he left off, with stabs at the Republican presidential ticket in advance of the November elections.

Minutes after the opening gavel, Reid, D-Nev., turned on Ryan, the GOP's vice presidential pick, who said over the summer that he had run a marathon in less than three hours.

After it was reported that his time was more than four hours, Ryan said he had made "an honest mistake." But Reid, a longtime runner who at 72 still jogs several miles most mornings, pounced on the gaffe.

"I'd like to take a minute and apply the Ryan math to my marathon times," Reid said. "I ran the Boston Marathon, and using the Ryan math my time would not have been a world record but within minutes of a world record. I could have made the Olympic team. Using the Ryan math, I would have been superb.

"Ryan math doesn't work in marathons because you can always check someone's math, and his math doesn't work for running a marathon or for anything else. It doesn't work with his budget, with Medicare, with his tax plan. It doesn't work with anything he has suggested and opined on."

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck responded: "President Obama should tell his friends in Congress to focus their attention on creating jobs and stopping his devastating defense cuts."

Reid still jogs for exercise. In May 2011, he was taken to the hospital after falling on a run in Washington and dislocating his right shoulder.

Before the Senate recessed early in August, Reid captured headlines by saying he had it on a reliable source that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had paid no income taxes for 10 years.

Reid refused to disclose his source, but his charge took root among Democratic activists and became a talking point against Romney, who had declined to make public more than two years of his tax returns. Romney said he has paid taxes each year but declined to release more returns.

 

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