Paul Ryan In Danville: A Recap of the Congressman's Visit

The Republican vice presidential nominee drew a big crowd at the Danville home of a former San Francisco 49er

Here is a live blog of the appearance this morning of Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, at a breakfast fundraiser at the Danville home of former San Francisco 49er Brent Jones.

9:45 a.m.: A quick get-away for Congressman Ryan. The Republican vice presidential nominee walked out of the home with Jones. He then climbed into his black SUV-like vehicle and the convoy led by the CHP drove off.

Ryan was in the house for about an hour. He's on his way to Mountain View.

The valets keep running and the guest keep waiting for their cars.

One of the departing guests, Jeffrey Aquino of Concord, said the event was worth the $1,000 he paid.

"He and Mitt Romney are a good team," said Aquino as he walked along the residential street to his car.

He said Ryan didn't talk about anything specific inside. He is hopeful the Republican ticket will be victorious on Nov. 6.

"They have to win. They will win," said Aquino.

Tiffany Wagner, a 20-year-old St. Mary's College student, volunteered at the event. She did get to hear and see the congressman.

"He's amazing. He's a good speaker," said the Los Gatos native. "He's very intelligent. He's going to do a good job."

Wagner said she'll be graduating soon and she is concerned about the job market she'll face.

"I'm going to be looking for a job and what they (the Republican ticket) are saying they are going to do will help," she said.

9:37 a.m.: Guests are now leaving and the valet employees are running, so the congressman's departure should be soon.

9:30 a.m.: The motorcade vehicles have been turned around in anticipation of departure. No sign yet of anyone leaving the house.

There is a photo session scheduled where guests who paid $10,000 can have a picture taken with Congressman Ryan. That may be going on now.

The journalists across the street are now chatting with each other, making jokes and swapping stories. There is almost zero anticipation the Republican vice presidential nominee will stop and let us ask him questions.

9:15 a.m.: Some cheering just came from inside the home. We're guessing Congressman Ryan just finished some remarks.

The CHP cars are moving into position, so we think the Republican vice presidential nominee may be departing soon. He is scheduled to be at Google's offices in Mountain View at 11 a.m., from what we understand.

8:50 a.m.: Congressman Ryan arrived in a motorcade led by California Highway Patrol cars. He stepped from his sturdy black vehicle and was greeted by Jones. Ryan is over 6 feet tall, but he was dwarfed by the former football player.

The two chatted for a couple minutes before walking inside to greet the Republican supporters who paid a minimum of $1,000 to see the vice presidential nominee.

The media took video and photos from across the street. I have pictures and video that I will load up on this story later this morning.

8:45 a.m.: Secret Service agents starting to move around. The agent on the street below us is talking into this "wrist microphone" while looks down the street and then at us. The congressman may be arriving soon.

8:30 a.m.: No sign yet of Congressman Ryan. Four television station news crews are here. So is KCBS radio reporter Anna Duckworth. My former CBS 5 colleague and I got caught up as we await the Republican vice presidential nominee's arrival.

The laughter from the driveway has dissipated. Everyone is inside the house now.

8:20 a.m.: Congressman Ryan still hasn't arrived. A calm has settled over the neighborhood as everyone waits.

Laughter can be heard from the driveway of Jones home as people wait outside to greet Mitt Romney's running mate.

8 a.m.: This usually quiet neighborhood at the top of El Pintado Road has turned into a hive of activity.

Valet employees are running around the neighborhood, trying to park cars that pull into the circular driveway of the large home with the small vineyard out front.

The media has been told by Danville police to stay on a lot across the street where a new home is being built. We are watching for Congressman Ryan amid the stucco walls of the new house and the concrete rubble around it.

Neighbors are stopping by to ask police what is going on.

Republicans from all over the Bay Area are here.

A supporter from South San Francisco, who didn't want to give his name, said he and his wife drove over because he is "a big supporter" of the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"He's very factual and he's very genuine," said the supporter.

Tickets for the event start at $1,000. The event officially begins at 8:15 a.m. There's no information on how many people are expected to attend.

State Senate candidate Mark Meuser was also standing outside, waiting to go inside.

"Paul Ryan was the absolute best pick Romney could have made," said Meuser.

Since no other Republican officials were available for comment, Patch posed the following questions to Meuser, who is running against incumbent Democrat Mark DeSaulnier.

Patch: Shouldn't President Obama be given some credit for rescuing the economy from going over a waterfall in January 2009, when the country lost almost 800,000 jobs in one month?

Meuser: "I don't think the president did anything to pull us away from the waterfall."

Patch: Don't congressional Republicans have to take some of the blame for the slow economy because they blocked a number of job programs?

Meuser: "If we're going to blame Congress, then we need to go back to the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of this administration when Nancy Pelosi was in charge."

Patch: The Romney campaign has pulled its advertising dollars from Michigan and Pennsylvania. How can they win if they can't win those two states?

Meuser: "I don't think they ever needed Pennsylvania and Michigan. They're nice bonuses, but they're not necessary."

Dalamar September 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The following is about Ryan's hero. Since Paul Ryan appears to be the one spear heading Romney's economic policy, please check the link to see what we have to look forward to; "[Ayn Rand] view of economics starkly divided the world into a contest between "moochers" and "producers," with the small group making up the latter generally composed of the spectacularly wealthy, the successful, and the titans of industry. The "moochers" were more or less everyone else… applying the role of "parasite" to everyday working people instead. On the level of personal behavior…Her early diaries gush with admiration for William Hickman, a serial killer who raped and murdered a young girl. Hickman showed no understanding of "the necessity, meaning or importance of other people," a trait Rand apparently found quite admirable. For good measure, Rand dismissed the feminist movement as "false" and "phony," denigrated both Arabs and Native Americans as "savages" (going so far as to say the latter had no rights and that Europeans were right to take North American lands by force) and expressed horror that taxpayer money was being spent on government programs aimed at educating "subnormal children" and helping the handicapped. Needless to say, when Rand told Mike Wallace in 1953 that altruism was evil, that selfishness is a virtue, and that anyone who succumbs to weakness or frailty is unworthy of love, she meant it." - www.alternet.org/story/.../the_truth_about_gop_hero_ayn_ran...
Independent Voter September 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Dalamar, Would you like for me to start providing links to information about Frank Marshall Davis, Reverend Wright, Ayers, Mao, and all of the others that Barack has specifically affiliated with, commented on, followed and admired? There is a HUGE difference between "admiring" someone and being MENTORED for YEARS by someone. Frank Marshall Davis went from Kansas, to Hawaii and then on to Chicago. He compiled a 600 page FBI profile over the years and was in direct contact with Barack Obama throughout his childhood and teenage years. I'm quite sure he had more of an impact on our current president than Ayn Rand could ever have on Paul Ryan. Oh, but you have absolutely nothing to say about that.
Dalamar September 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Indie Vote Yes there is a difference between mentoring and admiring. Just as there is a difference between the two in regards to their respective cases. In Obama's case, he interacted with the People you listed. Each interaction can be researched for times and purposes. If you like I can address each person individually. If you like, feel free to assist with that project. As for Ryan- "In 2003, the Wisconsin Republican told The Weekly Standard’s writer Katherine Mangu-Ward, now at the libertarian Reason magazine, that he gave out Rand’s books as gifts and tried to make interns read it. “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ [by Ayn Rand] as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it,” he said." www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79597.html#ixzz265lFIks6 “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he said at a D.C. gathering honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” After years of professing his admiration for Rand and actively sharing her views, suddenly in April 2012 he suddenly “discovered” her philosophies and began to back away from her as a role model. Suddenly "discovered" her philosophies during an election year. Coincidence? Can you help explain why would his budget plan still reflect her ideologies if he is rejecting her philosophies?
Fred Eiger September 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Hope, I could really care less what a bunch of Leftist, Tree Hugging Environmental Nutjobs who are against Capitialism and the American Way of Life say about the Koch Brothers. Nor do I care what some illiterate, knuckle dragging apes from the Public Employee Unions have to say about the great Governor Scott Walker and the magnificent job he is doing in Wisconsin. The Koch Brothers create 1000s of jobs as compared to the Leftists whiners who create NO JOBS. So please quit wasting space on this topic as you are not getting any converts to your laughable "points".
Hope Savage September 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Well, I guess that showed me that you can't actually make any points without hostility, since you didn't make any points at all
Janna September 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hope, Fred's brainwashing is apparently severe. Fred hasn't heard of anything Faux News hasn't told him. I applaud your attempt though :-)
Hope Savage September 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I know... he he
Fred Eiger September 11, 2012 at 02:11 AM
My point Hope(less) is that your points were pointless. To smear the Koch Industries as being one of the World's top polluters is assine. It is you who are unable to make any points other can; Corporations are bad, Environmentalism is good. Maybe if you actually got out in the real world and held a job you'd understand.
Bob September 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Fred Eiger-- you should have played Archie Bunker in the 1970s. You're just an irascible old guy who has this fear that your Leave it to Beaver world is slipping away ever since Obama was elected. Barack "Hussein" Obama? Who the f&%k cares what his middle name is?? What say you about Timothy McVeigh? Shall we profile all Caucasian males as terrorists and mass murderers? "Independent Voter" -- Nice re-cap of Obama 2016 the Movie. You are such a freaking sheep. Change the channel, change the radio station, and open your eyes. You don't realize how stupid you sound re-hashing all that right wing fantasy claptrap. Let me ask you, can YOU produce the ORIGINAL copy of YOUR birth certificate? Not a Xerox, the actual one. Why don't you take a minute and try to find it right now in your home. And if you do have one, why should I believe it is the real one? Prove it to me! How do I know you aren't a Canadian illegal immigrant or Russian spy whose parents paid off the doctor who signed the certificate? Beau Hunk- what can i say. I called you out on your statement, and that's all you can come back with?? I see you're not an employer. You are therefore a blood sucking leech on society. Shame on you.
Rob Raistlin September 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM
@BOB, you're the one who looks like they are losing it. is it because you're starting to feel the sting of the big loss you're going to feel come the morning of November 7th?
Fred Eiger September 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Bob, you could play Meathead in All in The Familiy, because you are just some old long haired VW bug driving, probably a Prius now, hippie who think that the destruction of America by Barack Hussein Obama is a good thing. You're just mad that Obama is a failure and all your theories about Socialism and redistribution was wrong. Most Americans, unlike you, Obama and the rest of the Leftists whack jobs, don't want to sit around idle and lazy. Anyone can go down to the County Courthouse and get a copy of their Birth Certificate, So why didn't Obama?
Hope Savage September 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM
A corporation's record of polluting the environment and influencing legislation is very relevant to their record and their value to voters. What you know about me in the "real world" is zero. (20 years as a staffing specialist, getting people JOBS!) What I know about you is that you write like an hysteric and, so, have no credibility.
Jack Manes September 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
@Independant Voter "Barack Obama was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis his entire life." Is total fabrication. Dr. Kengor is a master propagandist for Cliff Kincaid’s so-called “Accuracy In Media” (AIM), which is the “Ministry of Truth” of the Conservative Disinformation Network. Despite gross misrepresentation of the Obama-Davis relationship, there is NO evidence that Davis was Obama’s “mentor,” as claimed throughout the conservative blogosphere. Although Obama’s book indicates “Frank” was a family friend who offered him advice on racial issues, Obama wrote that Davis “fell short” and his views were “incurable.” Obama’s book proves that Obama did not consider Davis to be a “wise and trusted counselor,” which is the standard definition of “mentor.” By what creative definition can Davis be considered his “mentor”? Further, according to “Dreams,” Obama visited Davis only twice on his own after visiting with Gramps: once to discuss his grandmother’s bus stop incident, and three years later before leaving for college. When could any “communist” training occur? There is no evidence that Davis discussed politics or economics with Obama, much less any evidence that he discussed socialism. There is no evidence that Obama or Gramps were even aware of Davis’s CPUSA involvement. Such propaganda is par for the course in the Conservative Disinformation Network. Which suggests that his research is seriously flawed
Dalamar September 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thank you for clearing that up. Seriously.
Dalamar September 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Hope, and Jaan Well done. Keep exposing the the Koch brothers and their SuperPAC club for what they are.
Classic Bob September 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Greetings to ALL, The quarreling you continue with others does not move the conversation forward. Use the comment space to add some value to everyone. There is a lot of back and forth about Paul Ryan and he is only a VP nominee. Ayn Rand sounds like a bitter woman who had some odd opinions, but other than that I don't see the importance of Paul Ryan giving away her fiction novels. The issues are still issues. Medicare, Social Security, the deficit, jobs and what each candidate's plan is, that is what we should be talking about. I have yet to see a distinct plan from Mitt Romney. Even if President Obama continues the same policies, at least we know what they are. If Mitt's plan is to simply cut more taxes while taking from those in need, then I don't see how that would be different than when George W was in office when this mess started. We have a responsibility as voters, not just to ourselves and each other, but to our children and their children and so on. We have the responsibility to be fully informed. We owe it to each other to share the information with one another so we can make intelligent decisions. This is why I keep promoting FactCHECK.org and any other website which gives you facts. No bias. After George W's mess I abandoned hard party lines in voting. I say forget party lines. Investigate and research. Follow the truth where ever it may take you. If it leads you to vote against your party, whichever it may be, then so be it.
Hope Savage September 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Agreed. It pretty disturbing to have one of its pollsters in the Romney campaign, Neil Newhouse, say in reference to the campaign's advertisements by saying: "Fact-checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs and you know what? We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." Maybe their campaign would be best served if they told the truth so the fact-checkers would support their statement rather than having uncovered so much evidence of the lies they're telling. Bring on the fact-checkers!
Independent Voter September 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Hey Bob, Pertaining to your comment above, NOT ONCE did I EVER mention Barack Obama's "birth certificate". You made that up so you wouldn't have to deal with his affiliations with communists and marxists all of his life. Frank Marshall Davis was even called to testify in front of senate committee's and pleaded the FIFTH(!!) for his affiliation with the USSR! How do you get anything about Barack Obama's birth certificate from my post about Frank Marshall Davis, Reverend Write, Bill Ayers, Mao loving cabinet members, Valerie Jarrets parents the communists, etc. Tune into foreign news if you want the actual truth, because you won't find it in this country. You want to call me a whack job because of something I never commented on? Frank is talked about a LOT in Barack Obama's book, Dreams of my father. I didn't comment on anything that isn't truth. I NEVER EVER said I didn't believe he was born in Hawaii, just fyi. You are sounding desperate!!
Independent Voter September 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) propagandist in Chicago and Hawaii, as well as a writer and poet. The FBI had Davis under investigation or surveillance for 19 years, compiling a 600-page FBI file. He was on the FBI's 'Security Index A', meaning he would be arrested in the event of national emergency. In 1930's Chicago, CPUSA recruited journalists to help spread Soviet influence in American public opinion. Frank Marshall Davis was one of them. A graduate of Kansas State Journalism School, Frank Marshall Davis joined the Communist Party and began writing for The Chicago Star. He was a colleague of journalist Vernon Jarrett, father-in-law of Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett. Davis also taught at Chicago's Abraham Lincoln School, a Communist run training school run by CPUSA. He blamed American capitalism for starting World War II, denounced the Marshall Plan, preached wealth redistribution, nationalization of industry and government healthcare, while bashing Wall Street. Davis also helped organize the Communist controlled ILWU in an attempt to take over the gov. in 1949. Hawaii complained, "Comrade Frank Marshall Davis suddenly appeared on the scene to propagandize the membership with the purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line." In 1956, Davis was subpoenaed by the Senate Subcommittee on Un-American Activities and pleaded the fifth. He indoctrinated Obama with a Marxist ideology during his formative years.
V. Scheurich September 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The President has a "Spine of Steel". When will the Obama/Clinton/Biden "Apology Tour" start all over again? How much more of our money is Barack going to give Egypt ($1.5 Billion already). Biden: "General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead......and so is Ambassador Christopher Stevens"! 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKCwQnIygcw 2. Apologies: http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/allen-west-shreds-obama-over-libya-killings-says-his-appeasement-towards-the-islamic-world-has-manifested-itself-into-unconscionable-hatred/ 3. Rules of Engagement policy by Barack Obama on Muslims: Rubber bullets at our embassy in Tunisa. How would you like your son to have rubber bullets defending sovereign territory? http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/breaking-tunisians-protesting-mohammed-movie-attempt-to-storm-u-s-embassy-police-fire-tea-gas-and-rubber-bullets-to-disperse-protesters/ 4. The apology tour: http://madisonproject.com/2012/09/obama-apologizes-to-islamists-on-september-11/
Rael Alt September 19, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Yes because there have been sooo many reported voter fraud instances there. Oh wait there haven't. Nice excuse though.
Rael Alt September 19, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Next you will be going on about the trilateral commission and Agenda 21. You should get a refund on you tin-foil hat. It is definitely NOT working.
Gary Etscheid September 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I think I like Fred Eiger.
Gary Etscheid September 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
And independent voter
LM September 24, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Or is it that us middle class republicans are just hard working citizens who are tierd of the bottom feeders in this country who think they are entitled to everything and anything in way of a hand out. Yes those unemployment #'s areacurate HOWEVER "BOB" get a clue so many people out there on unemployment have turned a blind eye to the many jobs that are available because they don't pay as much as they are making on unemployment !!!FACT!!! and by the way I will never ever be in that 1% but it does not change the foundation and good working morals my Democrat Parents instilled in me and I have MANY gay friends who are married and I whole heartedly support them in every way and I believe in pro choice!! I do not believe in bowing down and appoligizing to our enemies nor to I agree with all the bailouts and let's be clear on another FACT if Barney Mac and the Clinton years did not allow the banks and lenders to be giving out loans to people who could NOT AFFORD to pay them back and now all of us "YES BOB" middle class republicans as well as Democrats are left holding the bill for all those mistakes and you call that fair??? So do Not categorize us "Middle class Republicans" I am no "dreamer" and yes BOB I will be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so God please hear my prayers that they win this election because if not GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!
Concord Mike September 24, 2012 at 05:07 AM
It's rather funny that the leftists attack the Koch brothers for trying to do for the right what George Soros has done for the left for the last decade and more. Where is the outrage against old Soros and his many many shadowy PACS, 503 organizations, and fraud-the-vote groups like ACORN? Pau Ryan is a man of character, intellect, and courage. I am looking forward to his debate with Biden.
Fred Eiger September 24, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Exactly Concord Mike. The Left will attack anyone with character, intellect and courage, and defend the dull, meek and lazy; aka Barack Hussein Obama. There was no "controversy" concerning Romney's 47% comment except by those whom are actually doing what Romney described. We all know that anyone who votes for Barack Hussein Obama is for welfare plain and simple.
Fred Eiger September 24, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Thank you Gary, we need more of the Silent Majority here.
Fred Eiger September 24, 2012 at 07:46 AM
I guess you're not paying attention to the Romney Campaign, or Classic Bob just listens to Ed Schultz.
Fred Eiger September 24, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Hope(less) Koch Industries has employed more people that you could ever hope, no pun intended, to do. I'll take their record of job creation over your paper pushing at Manpower.


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