Washington (CNN) - They aren't yet headed to Iowa or New Hampshire, but two Republicans getting early presidential buzz will soon be making political stops in key battleground states.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the subject of much 2012 chatter among Republican insiders in recent months, will travel to neighboring Ohio on Thursday to join gubernatorial candidate John Kasich for an interactive webcast focusing on the "the need to attract businesses and make Ohio competitive again."
"Governor Daniels is an innovative leader and, as a result, Indiana has weathered and recovered from the recession in a manner that is the envy of its neighbors, particularly Ohio," said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols. "John's honored to have his support and looks forward to hearing more about his work next week in Cleveland."
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who also seen his name floated as a potential White House contender, is crossing the Potomac on July 28 to headline a reception for the Republican Party of Virginia in the Washington, D.C. suburb of McLean.
Thune has some Virginia ties: he worked closely with former Virginia Sen. George Allen's unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2006.
He faces no opponent for re-election this year, giving him room to increase his national travels and help other Republicans running in November. Thune addressed a Maryland gathering of Republican National Committee officials in May, and traveled to North Carolina to address the National Rifle Association's annual meeting that same month.