ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

The new star of the Mitt Romney campaign for president, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, made a high-energy debut as Republican vice presidential candidate over the weekend. 

But after the new team soaked up excitement from partisans at rallies in Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin, Romney's Florida swing -- beginning Monday morning in St. Augustine -- will be a solo act.

Romney is scheduled to appear Monday morning on the west lawn of Flagler College -- 74 King Street, following warm-up speeches by several prominent Republicans, including Attorney General Pam Bondi, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott.

Late Sunday, Romney supporters were getting ready for his visit.

"From what I've heard, a lot of people are really excited about him coming tomorrow," said Jordan Sanders, a Flagler College student. "A lot of them are."

Earlier Sunday, a crew put up fences, the stage, and the sound system. Campaign managers say Florida is a battleground state and Romney has winning Florida on the top of his priority list.

"Plan to spend a lot of time here. This area here, in St. Augustine and the Jacksonville area, is absolutely essential to bringing us victory," said Jill Bader with the Republican National Committee. "I know that they're looking forward to being here tomorrow morning. We're expected overflow crowds."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was also seen Sunday, calling the build up to the election an exciting time, as he works to get Romney in the White House.

"It's a clear choice. We've gotta have a federal partner. We're doing things right in Florida. We're on the right track," said Scott. "Unemployment's coming down. We've cut taxes, regulation, but we need a federal partner that's gonna do the same thing."

The grounds opened to supporters at 7 a.m. and the campaign website says the event is sold out.

Romney's appearance, which will also be streamed live on News4jax.com.  Reporters Tarik Minor and Jason Law are also blogging from St. Augustine before, during and after the rally.

Romney's campaign cancelled a midday housing roundtable in Orlando, with the candidate heading on to a rally in Miami afternoon and a private fundraiser in South Florida.  Romney has appearances scheduled on Tuesday in Ohio.

Ryan, meanwhile, while campaign Monday in Iowa.

This physical distance between the two men will reinforce some gentle but unmistakable philosophical distance the Romney campaign was putting between Romney's agenda and Ryan's hot-potato budget proposals.

Romney walked a careful line as he campaigned with Ryan by his side in North Carolina, singling out his running mate's work "to make sure we can save Medicare." But the presidential candidate never said whether he embraced Ryan's plan himself.

Democrats weren't about to let them off that hook.

President Barack Obama, attending campaign fundraisers Sunday in Chicago, tagged Ryan as the "ideological leader" of the Republican Party.

"He is a decent man, he is a family man, he is an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney's vision but it is a vision that I fundamentally disagree with," Obama said in his first public comments about Ryan's selection.

Earlier, Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod deemed Ryan's budget "the Ryan-Romney plan" and cast the new addition to the Republican ticket as a choice "meant to thrill the most strident voices in the Republican Party, but it's one that should trouble everybody else — the middle class, seniors, students."

During the Republican primary, Romney had called Ryan's budget a "bold and exciting effort" that was "very much needed."