Saturday, November 3, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: As Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan tours the state of Colorado in the last days before the 2012 elections, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, reminded Ryan that there’s no finishing early in the Presidential election.

“Paul Ryan has built a reputation this campaign season of embellishments, both to his personal history and record in Washington, D.C.,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “We don’t want a repeat of Ryan’s claims about his marathon time. Our message to Ryan is, this is one race he can’t finish early. Coloradans will have the opportunity to vote their values first—values Ryan doesn’t represent.”

In September, ProgressNow Colorado challenged Paul Ryan’s claims to have climbed “forty” of Colorado’s fourteeners, as widely reported by surrogates and Colorado Republicans. Ryan was later forced to revise that number downward under scrutiny. 1

Later in September, ProgressNow Colorado hosted the “Paul Ryan Finish Line” at mile marker 19 of the Denver Rock and Roll Marathon—highlighting Ryan’s false claim to have run a marathon in “under three hours.” In truth, Ryan’s marathon time was over four hours. 2

Ryan told donors at a fundraiser last week that their money was needed to “run through the tape and see it through the end.” 3

“Paul Ryan’s little lies about climbing mountains and running marathons help voters understand the much bigger lies about his record,” said Schwartz. “The same Paul Ryan who lied about his marathon time also won’t tell the truth about his plans to privatize Medicare and slash funding across the board for so many basic functions of government that the middle class relies upon every day.”

“Colorado progressives have a simple message for Ryan,” said Schwartz. “Don’t declare victory early like you did on your marathon. Colorado voters will have the last say.”