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Harry Reid Mocks Paul Ryan Over Marathon Time (VIDEO)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has relished playing the role of loose cannon attack dog this election cycle, throwing bombs at Mitt Romney like spaghetti against the wall, waiting to see what sticks.

His most notable line came when -- citing an anonymous Bain Capital investor -- he insisted that Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years. He continued during his convention speech Tuesday night, declaring: "We can only imagine what new secrets would be revealed if he showed the American people a dozen years of tax returns."

And shortly after his speech, he walked across the street to the outdoor MSNBC studio to deliver another dig, mocking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both for exaggerating his marathon time and for running slowly.

"You know, I'm not here to boast about my marathon time, but I bet I could outrun him," said Reid, of Nevada. "I've run a few marathons okay? I'm not a great marathon runner. I know how hard it is to run a three-hour marathon. As soon as I saw him say that, I knew he was being dishonest. We runners don't lie about our time."

Reid was an athlete earlier in his career. But I couldn't immediately pull up instances of him running marathons, let alone the time it took him to do so.

A Reid spokesman later tweeted: "For the record @SenatorReid ran two marathons in 7 days and always tried to break 8 minutes a mile."

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