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Harry Reid Mocks Paul Ryan's Marathon Misstatement

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Need any evidence that Congress on the heels of both the DNC and RNC conventions will be operating under a hyper-partisan dome from now until Election Day? Then look no farther than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s, D-Nev., statement on the Senate floor Monday in which he opened up the legislative work session after a five-week recess.

Reid’s first order of business in the new session -- which he brought up a mere four sentences into his speech -- was to mock Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s misstatement over this marathon time.

“I ran the Boston marathon. And using the Ryan math, my time would not have been a world's record, but within minutes -- minutes -- of a world record,” Reid said from the Senate floor. “I could have made the Olympic team. Using Ryan math, I would have been superb.”

Paul Ryan had claimed that when he was younger he had once ran a “2 hour and 50-something” marathon, a remarkably fast time, prompting some to dig up that Ryan had actually finished the marathon in 4 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds. Ryan has of course since explained the misstatement, chalking it up to it being a long time ago and hard to remember.

"I literally thought that was my time. It was 22 years ago. You forget sorta these things," Ryan has since clarified.

Reid used the mistake to try to make the connection to Ryan’s calculations on other more consequential things like the Congressman’s budget plan.

“His math doesn't work for running a marathon or anything else. The Ryan math doesn't work with his budgets, it doesn't work with Medicare. It doesn't work with his tax plan,” Reid said today.

This is the first day Congress has been in session since one of their own members, Paul Ryan, was chosen as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.

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