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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday briefing: Michelle Obama v. Ann Romney; lying about a marathon – uh oh

Good Morning.

UPDATED: Adding Paul Ryan marathon explanation.

Convention-to-convention comparison: How did Michelle Obama do defending/representing her husband last night?  Did she rev up Democratic enthusiasm, as advertised?

Ann Romney spoke on behalf of Mitt Romney last week. The First Lady had her turn last night.  She delivered a very personal and powerful speech and got strong reviews. This may sound sexist — and I certainly don’t mean it that way — but who did a better job of promoting their husband, Ann Romney or Michelle Obama?

Lying about running time: Quick, what was your best 10K running time? Lowest golf score? Size of a fish you caught? Well, Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a tale the other day that has the running/political world abuzz. He told a radio audience that he ran a sub-3, as in, a-less-than-3-hour marathon years ago. “Runner’s World” magazine says, “No he didn’t.” It was slightly more than four hours.

What gives? Do all politicians lie? Do lots of people, shall we say, fib, about golf scores or the size of a fish they caught? One Facebook poster who ran a marathon many years ago said he remembers the seconds in his fastest marathon time, because it is not something people forget — ever.

Ryan gave this response to the Toledo News Now,  and it’s all about the back:

“I hurt my back when I was in my mid-20s, so I had to stop running. So obviously, my perception of races and times was off,” Ryan said. “I thought that (under three hours) was an ordinary time until my brother showed me a three-hour marathon is, you know, crazy fast. It’s just the fact that I did it 22 years ago.”

Top three toss up states: Washington, New Hampshire and Montana. These three states have governors’ races that are all considered tossups by Politico. So, if you have no idea who is going to win the Washington governor’s race between Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee, join the crowd. The race is really, really close, so far. In fact, on Politico’s list of tossup governors’ races, Washington ranks first. It has been this way for several months.

The Everett Herald says if the charter-school initiative, 1240, passes in November, Washington could become a leader in nontraditional public education.

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