Paul Ryan's untruths raise questions about his fitness for office

September 08, 2012

As I expected, the right wing is desperately trying to spin Rep. Paul Ryan's lies into something other than what they are by splitting hairs and implying that what he says isn't what he really means ("Romney and the GOP construct an alternate reality," Sept. 5). But unfortunately for the conservative crowd, Mr. Ryan continues to spew his bald-faced lies faster than they can spin them into fairy dust.

Just this past weekend, while the right-wingers were trying desperately to come up with an angle that would make Mr. Ryan's lies about the GM plant in his hometown sound less untrue, Mr. Ryan let this whopper slip out: when asked about his claims regarding the excellent shape he's in, he told an interviewer "I had a two-hour and fifty-something" marathon. "I hurt a disc in my back, so I don't run marathons anymore."

Quite impressive! That would put Mr. Ryan in league with some great athletes — like Lance Armstrong back when he was juicin'.

However, when the fact checkers looked into his claims, it turns out that Mr. Ryan actually only ran one marathon in his life, not the "marathons" that he claimed, and his time wasn't under three hours, it was over four hours. Quite a difference!

I'm sure the right-wingers are busy trying to turn Mr. Ryan's latest lie into something else, but the fact is Paul Ryan plays fast and loose with the truth about everything, all the time.

It illustrates the man's character, or lack thereof. Paul Ryan doesn't feel bound by the truth when making speeches, giving interviews or anything else for that matter. His list of lies goes on and on, and it shows a man who will say, or do, anything in order to get elected.

Is this a man we can trust to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? Not in my book. I wouldn't trust him to be dogcatcher.

William Smith, Baltimore

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