Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will stump for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Ohio and Pennsylvania later this week, hoping to steal some of the spotlight from President Obama’s planned bus tour there, a report says.
The two Romney surrogates will hit the battleground states on the same days that Obama is launching his first campaign bus tour of the year through those swing states.
The two are also frequent subjects of vice presidential speculation.
Romney’s own five-day, six-state bus tour earlier this year served as an opportunity for many lawmakers to informally audition for running mate. Romney was joined on the stump during his trip by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), as well as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Pawlenty has already made campaign appearances on Romney’s behalf.
Obama is using this week’s bus tour to reach out to voters and is expected to hammer Romney as an “outsourcer” of jobs, continuing his campaign’s attacks on his rival’s economic record as head of private equity firm Bain Capital and later as Massachusetts governor.
The Obama campaign plans to highlight the president’s economic stimulus and role managing the auto-industry bailout during his swing through the two states.
The president will also sign the joint transportation spending, student loan rate extension and flood insurance bill passed by lawmakers last week at a White House event in Pittsburgh on Friday.