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Oldsmar to be packed for Paul Ryan event

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The stage is set at R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar for Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

He'll bring the national spotlight to Oldsmar, which is not the norm for this quiet neighborhood.

"My husband's going to walk down to the end of the street to see it. We don't have tickets," said Linda Nadeau.

Political rallies are usually packed with people, and you can expect that on Saturday and beyond.  It's life in a swing state during an election year.  The crowds, the Secret Service and the street congestion all but locks down the neighborhood.

"I've gotta clean my house so it's not a problem," Nadeau said.

Others say it requires some planning.

"It is going to be crowded, so we have to leave in the morning. So hopefully we don't get caught in here," said Tom Brown.

His son has a little league game, and it's his birthday. They don't plan to spend it watching Ryan.

"We will walk out if we have to," he said.

Others attempt refuge from political spill-over.  No parking signs line the streets near the stage, and some neighbors roped off their lawns.

It's not partisan.  When President Obama spoke at St. Petersburg College on Saturday, hundreds swarmed to hear him.  Some sold parking spots out of their own drive way.

"Usually when things are going on in Oldsmar, people do that," Nadeau said.

Love it or hate it, political rallies are the norm in Florida for the next 53 days.

"Crowds are going to be big.  Ann Romney's event was a full house and you had women waiting outside and listening over the speakers.  Outside events are even bigger, because you don't have have maximum capacity," said Sarah Partin.

She will be there with a sign and advice for spectators.

"Get there early.  As early as you possibly can.  Be ready, if it's outside like tomorrow's event is, to bring some water if you can.  Bring as little as possible," she said.

There will be a shuttle picking up spectators at Tampa Bay Downs.  Parking will be extremely limited near the event.

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