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Paul Ryan returns to Colorado as group questions whether he climbed nearly forty 14ers

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Update below: Paul Ryan is just a regular outdoorsy guy who likes to climb mountains. At least that's the image Ryan presented in one of his first rallies as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party -- in a speech last month at Lakewood High School where he mentioned his love of Colorado's 14ers.

He's back in the state today with a rally this morning in Colorado Springs, and before he brags again about conquering the Rocky Mountains, one advocacy group wants proof.

Yesterday, the left-leaning ProgressNow Colorado sent out a press release titled "Did 'Lyin' Ryan' Really Climb Forty Colorado Fourteeners?"

Accompanying the release are photos like this one of hikers on top of mountains next to empty chairs (what else?) -- holding signs saying, "I climbed a 14'er with Paul Ryan."

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Courtesy of ProgressNow Colorado
Image of a Colorado hiker and an empty chair.
The 42-year-old congressman from Wisconsin has gotten a fair amount of attention for his workout routine -- and, more recently, for misstating his marathon record by more than an hour. He also has come under fire for taking some "factual shortcuts," as the Associated Press said, in his Republican National Convention speech in Tampa.

Democrats and Obama supporters portray Ryan as an untrustworthy candidate prone to lying or misleading, while his campaign and Republican supporters continue to defend his comments and brush aside the marathon comments as a minor memory lapse.

Speculation began yesterday as to whether Ryan has actually climbed the mountains he's claimed to have scaled, with The Atlantic noting this quote from a climbing message board:

To have climbed forty and not be a resident means that you would have had to devote entire summers to climbing fourteeners, in essence becoming a "lifestyle" hiker/scrambler. I doubt Ryan had the time or dedication to fourteeners to take the required time out from his political career. Even if you did four a summer, that would be ten summers devoted to traveling to Colorado for the purpose of high altitude hiking. Even if you live here and can drive to the trail heads, forty is a huge commitment of time and energy.

A 2009 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article says that Ryan "has made close to forty climbs of Colorado's 'Fourteeners' (14,000-foot peaks)." (A Romney official tells the Atlantic that "he's not said forty different peaks, its nearly forty climbs -- with a number of peaks climbed more than once. He's been doing them for more than twenty years.")

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Paul Ryan in Lakewood last month.
Regardless of all this back and forth, ProgressNow is asking for proof as Ryan prepares to speak at 10:10 a.m. today at WestPac Restorations, 765 Aviation Way in Colorado Springs -- a location not far from Pikes Peak.

Continue for comments from ProgressNow's director and for more photos.



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mtyler2
mtyler2

After all the lies already, why would anyone believe ANYTHING Ryan says?

 

No, he didn’t run a marathon in under three hours.

 

He lied about the GM plant in Janesvile, Wisconsin that was closed while George Bush was still President, in December 2008: but Ryan in his speech at the Republican Convention falsely blamed the closure on President Obama. Now Ryan is wriggling, trying to claim he didn’t say it (yet another lie).

 

There’s a reason why Paul Ryan is known as Lyin’ Ryan.

 

And no, I do NOT believe Lyin’ Ryan climbed “close to 40″ of the 54 “fourteener” peaks (14,000 ft. or so) in Colorado.

Amye Omyay
Amye Omyay

Ah!!! It's spelled lieing not lying. Lying refers to lying down not telling a mistruth. Ah!!!!!

Amye Omyay
Amye Omyay

Ah!!! It's spelled lieing not lying. Lying refers to lying down not telling a mistruth. Ah!!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

14 inch dildos , maybe .............

Ted Alan Stedman
Ted Alan Stedman

Doubtful. And if he did he'd have signed the registry atop each one...we all do, right?

Ted Alan Stedman
Ted Alan Stedman

Doubtful. And if he did he'd have signed the registry atop each one...we all do, right?

Joseph Beaton
Joseph Beaton

probably a lot more troubling issues to deal with rather than if he climbed 14rs or not. factcheck.org is great site for checking facts of all the BS in ads and speeches.

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

lol really cmon who cares? its like having a friend who lies about everything- do you ask them to prove it everytime you know they are lying? get over it, people lie, everyone does it. why the f are people so concerned about proving he climbed fourteeners? i mean come on how is he going to prove he climbed them? what do you guys want exactly?? hahaha jeez. get a life. get off computer. go exercise, who cares what you do but sitting here asking for proof is nonsensical to the overall goal.

Tony Pordon
Tony Pordon

well i've personally had 33 flavors, idono why they keep telling everyone they only have 31.

William Page
William Page

I'm glad to see so many people in Colorado hate Mr. Ryan as much as I do.

William Page
William Page

I'm glad to see so many people in Colorado hate Mr. Ryan as much as I do.

William Page
William Page

I'm glad to see so many people in Colorado hate Mr. Ryan as much as I do.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

I could just see the Westword news room conversation about this....

"Quick go to press!!!!! Ryan says he climbed some stupid fucking mountains and some VERY BORED special interest group says its a lie"!!

 

It is GREAT to know however that, when I and anyone else possibly exaggerates our physical, and sports achievements  that it means we are a horrible politician and unable to lead. Or at the very least it is somehow news worthy......Is the liberal media and special interest groups running so far out of GOP bashings that we have resorted to this to take away from obamas record?

Trey Woolums
Trey Woolums

Liberals will lie about anything to do with Republicans! They are so scared.

Devon Dougherty
Devon Dougherty

he probably climbed all of them in his imagination.... which he believes to be truth.....

Cindy Wise
Cindy Wise

I dont believe anything this clown says...just another bimbo!

Vic Shayne
Vic Shayne

He's not very credible in anything he says. The GOP, sadly, has a mandate to say and do whatever is necessary to win. All truth and honor goes out the window.

Vic Shayne
Vic Shayne

He's not very credible in anything he says. The GOP, sadly, has a mandate to say and do whatever is necessary to win. All truth and honor goes out the window.

Charles Erle
Charles Erle

Bull shit the hardest thing paul ryan ever worked on was lying to everyone

Joshua Beckner
Joshua Beckner

He's just as much an asshole at 14,000 ft as he is a mile high..

Joe McQuillen
Joe McQuillen

Why do people bother questioning whether a politician is lying anymore?

Joe McQuillen
Joe McQuillen

Why do people bother questioning whether a politician is lying anymore?

Josh Lowe
Josh Lowe

this douchebag needs his ass kicked.

Josh Lowe
Josh Lowe

this douchebag needs his ass kicked.

Mark Nussbaum
Mark Nussbaum

And according to certain unamed Facebook pages there are members of ProgressNow Colorado signing up for tickets to attend this Republican event..... Now why would a progressive left-wing group want to attend a Republican campaign rally?

Shanti Klemm
Shanti Klemm

Call me crazy, but I'm far more concerned about his bigotry, corporate/millionaire coddling politics and the fact that he believes women should have no control over their reproductive decisions than whether he legitimately scaled some mountains.

Jeff York
Jeff York

It's easy when you listen to rage against the machine and zz top

Michael J. Simmons
Michael J. Simmons

Who really cares? Does climbing a 14er make you better suited to be a VP of the Nation. If so, then we have a whole lot of folks here in Colorado who are qualified.

Michael J. Simmons
Michael J. Simmons

Who really cares? Does climbing a 14er make you better suited to be a VP of the Nation. If so, then we have a whole lot of folks here in Colorado who are qualified.

Jennifer Henry
Jennifer Henry

That must be "much more harder" than we think :)

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

The idea of this geek climbing any 14er is offensive to me. Most republicans can't even wipe their own asses, much less climb a mountain. This is just another take on the whole WMD thing...it was there and I did it kind of bullshit they're so famous for.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

The idea of this geek climbing any 14er is offensive to me. Most republicans can't even wipe their own asses, much less climb a mountain. This is just another take on the whole WMD thing...it was there and I did it kind of bullshit they're so famous for.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

The idea of this geek climbing any 14er is offensive to me. Most republicans can't even wipe their own asses, much less climb a mountain. This is just another take on the whole WMD thing...it was there and I did it kind of bullshit they're so famous for.

Felix Sanchez
Felix Sanchez

Probably not, but they should be defined by facts.

Erik Brack
Erik Brack

His visit isn't going to be defined by fact checkers!

Erik Brack
Erik Brack

His visit isn't going to be defined by fact checkers!

Matthew Bauerle
Matthew Bauerle

If by "climbed" you mean drove a car uphill and by "40" you mean "a couple" and by "14er" you mean a "mountain"...then yeah, I believe you.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

surely if he was at the top of ANY 14er, a reasonable Coloradan would have pushed him off....?

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @michael.roberts I love u guys but we both know that If Romney appointed the vp of monsanto to the fda its be front page news. Fox news catches so much flack, but every agency has an agenda in what they report. when bidens does stupid shit, and he does do stupid shit, it never makes the blogs. It is what it is, but as a "not your average" conservative I point it out....

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