Now that we have heard the testimony of Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker on Capitol Hill and marked the sixth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11 with moments of silence and remembrance, the attention turns back to the campaign trail with Iraq still at the top of the agenda.
Barack Obama is the first candidate out of the gate after the Petraeus/Crocker hearings. He delivers a major policy speech on Iraq on Wednesday at 2:00 pm ET at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.
("Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes." LINK )
In his remarks Obama is expected to announce new policy proposal on troop levels and withdrawal from Iraq as well as what to do about with the humanitarian crisis there.
The speech location means that every political reporters' first line will look something like this:
CLINTON, Iowa – Sen. Barack Obama….
(And imagine the headline possibilities!)
Obama later heads to Davenport, Iowa for a town hall meeting at 7:15 pm ET where the focus will again be Iraq.
All eight Democratic candidates take part in the Huffington Post/Slate/Yahoo! "Candidate Mashup" forum on Wednesday, shooting from wherever they are on the campaign trail.
Each candidate gets four questions from Charlie Rose - three will be the same for all eight candidates and the fourth will be candidate-specific.
The debate starts around 11 am ET and the candidates will basically go back-to-back-to-back with no time-limits on their answers. But you will have to wait until Thursday morning to see the results – video will be posted on Yahoo!'s "Mashup" page.
As for the rest of the day for the Democrats… Hillary Clinton and husband Bill (the former prez) attend a luncheon at the Washington, D.C. house of Clinton campaign's national co-chair, Weldon Latham. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, NY Rep. Charlie Rangel and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are expected to attend, reports ABC News' Eloise Harper.
Bill Richardson is in Texas for fundraising events starting at 7 pm ET.
John Edwards is in Chapel Hill, NC with no public events.
Joe Biden holds a pen-and-pad briefing at 1:15 pm ET on Capitol Hill to discuss his recent trip to Iraq and the testimony of Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker.
Sen. Chris Dodd will "countdown" the reasons to buy his book with Keith Olberman on MSNBC starting at 8 pm ET.
Tivo Alert! You can catch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's interview with ABC's Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America".
"The Rachael Ray Show" has an inside look at the Edwards campaign – or at least a look inside the refrigerator of the campaign's bus with Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former North Carolina senator John Edwards.
On the Republican side...
Rudy Giuliani hits the road for some retail campaigning in Akron, Ohio, Canonsburg, Pa., and Virginia Beach, Va.
Mitt Romney is in Texas for a 1:00 pm ET address to the Midland County Republican Women's Club. It's off to Dallas after that for a 5 pm ET late-lunch fundraiser and a dinner fundraiser at 7:30 pm ET. His wife Ann attends a 1:30 pm ET fundraiser in Salt Lake City.
Fred Thompson has no public events.
ABC News' Jake Tapper follows the back and forth between the Romney and Thompson campaigns over an anti-Fred site, PhoneyFred.org, and writes that the man behind the site is Wesley Donehue who directly works for Mitt Romney's senior South Carolina consultant J . Warren Tompkins and another Romney consultant Terry Sullivan. LINK
John McCain charges forward with three more "No Surrender Tour" stops in Iowa: at the VFW in Council Bluffs at 9:30 am ET, at the AMVETS Hall in Des Moines at 1:30 am ET, and at the American Legion Hall in Waterloo at 6 pm ET.
Mike Huckabee is in Beverly Hills, Calif. for a fundraiser at the private home of Fred Wehba starting at 9:30 pm ET.
Ron Paul goes back to school with several events at USC –a breakfast reception at 12 pm ET, a rally with students and supporters at 6 pm ET and a cocktail reception at 7 pm ET at the Town & Gown Club.
Sam Brownback is in Washington for Senate business.
POLITICAL STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM:
ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman: Paul: U.S. Has 'Dug a Hole' for Itself in Iraq LINK
ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: Petraeus, Crocker Face GOP Fire LINK
ABC News' Sunlen Miller: "Giuliani Marks First 9/11 Ceremony as GOP Candidate" LINK
ABC News' Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg: "Considered In or Out?" LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM:
Rudy Giuliani at Ground Zero The former NY mayor quotes author Elie Wiesel on this day of mourning. LINK
Hagel Blasts Petraeus and Crocker Sen. Hagel grills Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker on progress in Iraq. LINK
Biden Recounts Most Recent Iraq Trip Sen. Joe Biden presses Petraeus and Crocker on the situation in Iraq. LINK
Obama Calls Iraq Strategy 'Failed' Sen. Obama: "This continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake." LINK
Dodd Challenges Petraeus Sen. Chris Dodd, asks Gen. Petraeus, "how do we justify this continuation?" LINK