2012 campaign potshots: Harry Reid's new role
September 11th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
9 years ago

2012 campaign potshots: Harry Reid's new role

(CNN) - Harry Reid launched another barb at the Republican ticket from the Senate floor, this time poking fun at Rep. Paul Ryan over the vice presidential nominee's marathon time snafu.

"I want to take just a moment and talk about Congressman Ryan's math," Reid said Monday. "His arithmetic–it's very interesting."

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The congressman misstated his race time by more than 60 minutes while speaking on a radio program last month, saying he had finished the race in an impressive time of under three hours.

While he's known as a fitness junkie, the time still seemed questionable and Ryan admitted his mistake last week after a running magazine found that it took him more than four hours to complete the 1990 Minnesota race. He attributed the mental lapse to the passage of time and a back injury.

"I literally thought that was my time. It was 22 years ago," he said in a separate radio interview. "You forget sort of these things. I hurt my back when I was in my mid twenties, so obviously my perception of races and times were off."

But the Senate majority leader–whose term lasts through 2016–joined in on what's become a political punch line in the last couple of weeks and poked fun at the congressman's mistake.

"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. "I could have made the Olympic team. Using the Ryan math, I would have been superb."

The Democratic leader has not been shy in mounting attacks this cycle. Reid stirred controversy when he took to the Senate floor last month to defend his allegation that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for 10 yeas–information he said he received from an "extremely credible" source associated with Bain Capital.

Responding, Romney questioned Reid's source and called on Reid to either "put up or shut up." The Republican presidential nominee said he had no plans to release further tax information than what he's already made public: one completed return from 2010 and an estimate for 2011. He has vowed to release the full return once it's ready.

Last week, Reid again hounded Romney over his tax returns while speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Mitt Romney says we should take his word that he paid his fair share. His word? His word? Trust comes from transparency, and Mitt Romney comes up short on both," the lawmaker said.

Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Paul Ryan • Senate
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. John

    If Harry Reid was so transparent, he would reveal his sources that told him that Romney didn't pay his taxes. If his source is so credible, where's the evidence? And why would this person go to Harry Reid. I also question Reid's use of the Senate floor to bring up things about the presidential campagn. That's not how I want my tax dollars spent.

    September 11, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Dan

    This is in no way news. It is an embarassment for our country when senior political leaders are making ad hominem partisan jokes literally on the Senate floor. This is time we are paying these people to represent us, and they are spending it by doing this kind of crap. On both sides, this sort of stuff is completely out of line.

    September 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Redmon

    If you ever have seen the math on some of Harry Reid's unscrupulous real estate deals I can't believe he even mentions math. How about the math involving his moral and ethical obligation to put forth a budget every year – we have not seen one in over 1000 days. He is the prototype for a slothful, deceitful, and worthless politician.

    September 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Nametodd harrison

    I wish Reid was equally concerned about a Federal Budget, as Ryan's marathon time. No budget in four years... he is an embarrasment to the Democratic party, and is but one example what is wrong with Congress.

    September 11, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Harry Reid is the leader of Senate and therefore Congress. A Congress that hasn't passed a budget in 4 yrs while America sinks deeper and deeper in debt. Harry Reid's progressively liberal ideals are the reason America lost its 4A credit rating and is looking at losing its 3A rating next year. The very reason your children and grandchildren will find it harder and harder to find the American dream.

    September 11, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Ronda in Houston,TX

    I believe that Ryan didn't know his time at the time he was asked. He should have said "I don't know, but I will get back with you on that".

    September 11, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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