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.

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A Romney campaign official said Jindal and Pawlenty would be in “several of the same areas” as the president “to make sure the Romney message gets out,” CNN first reported.

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 AyotteKelly Ann AyotteExplaining Democratic victories: It’s gun violence, stupid Trump voter fraud panel member fights back against critics Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada MORE (R-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him How four GOP senators guided a tax-bill victory behind the scenes MORE (R-Ohio), as well as Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (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.