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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Harry Reid, Olympic prospect? (Loop quote of the week!)

(J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Think of the Senate, and the words that come to mind aren’t likely to be “speedy” or “swift.” But some members of the usually glacially paced upper chamber are quite quick on their feet, something like Rep. Paul Ryan, who falsely claimed to have run a marathon in under three hours.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the Loop’s favorite quote of the week with the remarks he made on the Senate floor Monday. Reid took digs at the GOP vice presidential candidate’s exaggeration, and showed that Reid (or an aide) had located one of those nifty online calculators that converts one’s marathon time into a Ryan-adjusted (more impressive) result. He then went on to make the more substantive claim that Ryan’s math when it came to budgets wasn’t to be trusted, either.

“I ran the Boston Marathon, and using the Ryan math, my time would not have been a world record but within minutes of a world record,” Reid boasted. “I could have made the Olympic team.”

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