Paul Ryan Makes Brief Appearance in Darien

The Republican vice presidential candidate gave a 13-minute speech at Woodway Country Club, according to the Hartford Courant.


Republican vice presidential Paul Ryan made a brief appearance at Darien's Woodway Country Club on Sunday afternoon in the second of three fundraisers planned in Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant.

During his 13-minute speech, Ryan focused mostly on the economy and told attendees that if the U.S. continues on the same path, it will "end up just like Europe with a debt crisis." He also called the upcoming election "the most important... in your generation."

The price to attend the fundraiser was $1,000 per person for general admittance, $5,000 per person to take a photo with Ryan and $10,000 per person to attend a roundtable forum with the candidate.

According to former Republican state Sen. Jamie McLaughlin, the event was expected to raise $800,000, the Courant reported.

A small group of protestors gathered at the country club's entrance on Hoyt Street with Darien police officers stationed nearby.

Before arriving in Darien, Ryan attended a fundraiser in West Hartford and followed his visit to town with an appearance at a fundraiser in Greenwich.

Jean D. October 01, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I was there it was anything but quick. Lovely man. Lovely speech. Propaganda press worse than Nazi Germany. Just report and leave out the snide comments please.
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
What snide comments? On Darien Patch's Facebook page, I said "That was quick." Is that what you meant? Thirteen minutes is quick.
Nance October 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Agreed, I didn't realize this was a commentary.
Hermann Zwergel October 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Did Linda McMahon not want to be seen with Ryan, or vice versa?
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I reserve the right to say 13 minutes is quick. Call me Goebbels.
Darien Voter October 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Perhaps his speech was "quick" or "brief" but his visit to Darien, while meeting, shaking hands and taking pictures with his supporters was much longer.
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Good to know, Darien Voter. The "brief" stuff in the article came directly from the Hartford Courant article, by the way: At the start of the second paragraph: "The brief stop in Darien was [...]" If anybody else reading this would like to describe the event or upload a picture, I think other readers would welcome it.
Jacquie October 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
"Worse than Nazi Germany"? Really?
Chris B. October 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I couldn't imagine a more concise, professional and unbiased article on the event in question. I would have thought it "comment-proof"!
sebastian dangerfield October 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
When Obama visited Westport last month, Chris Murphy was not in attendance. Was that Obama dissing Chris? Or Chris being a bigot and not wanting to be seen with Barack Obama? Any clues , inciteful Molly ?
sebastian dangerfield October 02, 2012 at 06:09 AM
David you described the appearance as brief. The speech may have been 13 minutes and 'quick', I think its inaccurate, based on the other accounts, to call his appearance brief. And you seem to miss what you said in the text above. As was the listing of 'protesters' outside the gates. How many protesters were there? Strange we know its 13 (not 12 or 14) minutes, but 'small group" was unable to count? Meaning 4 would have made the group seem more trivial. If the 13 minutes is not meant to criticize, or allude that he quickly took the money and ran to greenwich, then may I ask , why I looked at coverage of other candidates and the speeches were not timed? Odd.
Jacquie October 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM
In August, Obama spoke in Stamford for 25 minutes (nearly twice as long as Ryan spoke in Darien) and the Patch said then: he [Obama] "stopped by for what was essentially a cocktail hour" and he "didn't hang around for long, just made his appearance, spoke, shook some hands and left" (http://darien.patch.com/articles/president-obama-comes-to-stamford-6ea268f8). If this article was trying to "criticize, or allude that he quickly took the money and ran to [G]reenwich," then certainly the Patch made a similar criticism that Obama took the money and ran to Westport in August.
Darien Voter October 02, 2012 at 12:02 PM
"President Obama Visits Stamford, Westport" Interesting Jacquie, however unlike the Ryan title, I don't see the word "brief" in the title of the Obama article...
Nance October 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
This is a much bigger issue than "brief". The media has been so partisan and divisive in covering this election. Just look at the story regarding our embassy. It was a terror attach and yet they media has chosen to give Obama a pass on that, rather than delve into it. There are too many far right and far left news outlets. I for one would just like the facts and leave the subversive commentary out of it.
Itsui Yakomitsua October 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Actually, according to the Darien News, 13 minutes is an overstatement of the speech. Ryan spoke for about 10 minutes at the Darien event, where the menu included steak sliders, a fruit platter and an open bar. About two dozen children were in the audience. ps: Did he give any tips on running a sub 3 hour marathon?
Jacquie October 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
No, Darien Voter, the Patch didn't use "brief" in the title of the article on the Obama event. Instead, they mentioned the duration of Obama's appearance twice in the body of article (first, the "stopped by" comment; second the "didn't hang around long"). There are no descriptive references to the length of the event in the body of the piece on Ryan (beyond the specific length of the speech itself, which was also present in the Obama article). While I agree that media bias exists on both sides of the aisle, to argue that it's present in either of these articles is ridiculous.
Ralph Vitto October 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
First of all, friends of mine say Obama spoke for about 10 minutes Who are they, wheres the proof, what do you mean "about 10 minutes? How's my Luca impersonation?
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Luca, the Courant said "brief." This article summarized what was in the Courant. I can't see bias one way or the other in a Patch editor deciding to relay that bit of reporting. I have no idea what constraints the Courant reporter was under. I think there needs to be a lot more evidence of possible bias before it starts to become a concern, and I speak as someone who hated political bias in reporting and got into journalism in part to help stomp some of it out. It isn't at all odd that a short speech would be timed and a reporter would note it in an article. It isn't even odd that this would happen in some reporting and not in other reporting, even by the same reporter. Sometimes a reporter thinks that it's worth noting, sometimes the same reporter doesn't think so, for reasons that have nothing to do with bias and a lot to do with making decisions on the fly. If a speech is short and a reporter has a recording, measuring the time is simple. If a reporter drives through the entrance of the country club and sees a small number of protesters, it's easy to imagine that the reporter had more important things to do than try to walk back and count them. I agree that something more precise than "a small group" would have been better, but that doesn't necessarily indicate bias.
sebastian dangerfield October 02, 2012 at 07:02 PM
David, I appreciate what your saying. But it seems like a whole lot of rationalizing. How long and involved is it to count 4 people? When compared to '13' (not rounded to 15). Personally , I dont really care--but same time, if you can make the case for no bias, by saying its too involved to count, then its not to hard to make the case for a bias either. I guess its simply what you are trying to prove. And in this case, you have an agenda? If not, then agree to both points of view, rather than defending only the one.
Dave October 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The lady dost protest too much, me thinks.
Hermann Zwergel October 02, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Luca, I hope this huge issue doesn't keep you up all night, or cause further mental health issues with you, Lord knows, you seem to have enough. ps: It's "what YOU'RE saying".
Shawn St Jean October 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Here's a link to the video of the President's speech in Stamford (almost exactly 24 minutes, followed by a few minutes of shaking hands): http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/President-Obama-Fundraises-in-Connecticut/10737432936-1/
sebastian dangerfield October 03, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Ralph Good one!! Yes, asking for proof is soooo annoying . Molly, Yes this keeps me up at night. And my mental issues --are they a problem for you?
sebastian dangerfield October 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Luca, I hope this huge issue doesn't keep you up all night, or cause further mental health issues with you, Lord knows, you seem to have enough. ps: It's "what YOU'RE saying". Thanks. It's "...cause further mental health issues. (period) (new sentence). Lord knows you seem to have enough." If you are going to correct petty things......
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