July 19th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
13 years ago

Daniels, Thune schedule political trips

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/art.daniels.thune.2shot.gi.jpg caption ="South Dakota Sen. John Thune (left) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (right) will each soon be traveling to key battleground states."]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.

Filed under: 2012 • John Thune • Mitch Daniels • Ohio • Virginia
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gil

    None of the right wing nut case repuglicans deserve one vote for anything. It is time they stopped just saying NO! They are all disgusting when they overlook the needs of America and Americans just to derail the Obama Administration. Why didn't they do this with the 8 years of illegal wars with bush?

    July 19, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |

    They don't have a chance against America's girl, SARAH PALIN. PALIN 2012

    July 19, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. larry

    I live in Indiana and Kasich's people don't know Daniels like we do..he has wasted millions and sold our roads to foreign companies. Obama would have a field day if Daniels would run for president....Daniels is another failed Bush crony.

    July 19, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. SD in Trouble

    Why is there no one running against Thune this November? Isn't there at least one viable candidate to challenge someone who has done absolutely nothing in the Senate except look young? How is this possible?

    July 19, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    I would like to look at as many "new blood" candidates as possible, for 2012.

    July 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |