Runner who called out Ryan’s marathon time: It’s a “verifiable lie”

As he says himself, it speaks to his character. Paul Ryan has looked bad since being chosen as Romney’s running mate. He has not been able to provide policy details, he’s talking a different story than Romney on many issues and he consistently has problems with telling the truth about his personal life and in his speeches.

LRC: Are you surprised with how much attention the matter has received? One little post on a message board has generated a lot of attention. Do many people know that you are the guy who kicked this whole thing off?

Bill Walker: No. A Vice-Presidential nominee telling a verifiable lie about himself should attract a lot of attention. It speaks to his character, and that’s relevant to the issue of whether someone should vote for Romney/Ryan in November.

It was one little post, but every story has a starting point. The credit goes to the posters who jumped on the question and pointed out repeatedly that they could not find any proof of Ryan’s claim — which attracted the attention of Scott Douglas at Runner’s World, who called the Congressman’s campaign office and got the truth.

My family, my running friends, and some of my law partners know about my starting the thread. My five minutes of fame.

LRC: So what’s your take on Paul Ryan’s explanation on the discrepancy?

Bill Walker: I don’t believe him. I think he knew the truth about his one marathon when he gave the interview, and he just didn’t care if he stretched the truth if it made him look better to potential voters.

An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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