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Neighbors unaware vice presidential candidate visiting area

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican vice president candidate, Rep. (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero, File) FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican vice president candidate, Rep. (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero, File)
The gate on the property where Ryan visited. The gate on the property where Ryan visited.

OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The polls released after Thursday night's Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky show it was a split decision on who did better, Paul Ryan or Joe Biden. While Biden spent Friday campaigning in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, Ryan extended his trip in the Bluegrass.

He spent Friday afternoon at the home of Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor. After talking with neighbors, WAVE 3 learned the visit was kept so quiet, many people living in the area didn't even know he was visiting.

Farmer Joel Simon came to the corner of Kentucky 1315 and 362 to see what was going on.  While he says red and blue lights are not uncommon on the rural road splitting Oldham and Shelby counties, "we get a lot of different traffic up here since the prisons bring up and down the prisoners, so it's not unusual to see a lot of different police cars."

Simon is not usually waving though, except Friday when those police cars are joined by secret service escorting the SUV of Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan. "I'm glad to see him coming by."

Ryan joined with dozens of others at Taylor Creek Farm which hosted a fundraiser for the Romney/Ryan campaign. The cost of joining in for lunch under the tent set up on the property's tennis court, $25,000. Though a fan of Ryan, neighbor Burnice Richardson wasn't going to join in himself, but because his property was right next door, "I might take a peak and walk back that way."

He said he wasn't told until Monday that Ryan was even coming. Even Simon was surprised to hear Ryan was in the neighborhood. He still doesn't know who he'll pick for president and vice president in November but,  "I'm going up there to the fire house election day and I'm putting my vote in."

At age 59, he said it'll be his first time voting ever.

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