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What was originally planned as a routine presidential visit to Indianapolis tomorrow has gained new meaning.

President Barack Obama originally planned to discuss energy policy at Allison Transmission earlier this year. But the trip was postponed so the president could stay in Washington during budget negotiations.

Now Mr. Obama will appear in Indiana as speculation that Governor Mitch Daniels will run for president is growing. Indiana University Southeast Professor Joe Wert says the timing is opportune for the president, though he doubts it was intentional.

“There’s been talk about [a Daniels candidacy] before his first initial visit. So I don’t know that we can read too much into that. I don’t think his visit is meant to preempt a potential Daniels run, in other words,” he says.

Wert says the death of Osama bin Laden and the fact that the president won Indiana in the 2008 election will also give the visit a higher profile.

Mr. Obama will also visit Kentucky tomorrow. In his first visit to the commonwealth since the election, the president will address troops at Fort Campbell.