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Candidates Pause for 9/11 Remembrances

However politicized the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have become, it is still a day the campaign (officially) pauses. But that doesn't mean the candidates will go dark.

Two from New York - former mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - plan to attend a memorial service near Ground Zero. Giuliani is slated to give a reading. In the afternoon, Clinton returns to Washington to attend the Senate Armed Services hearing, where she will have a chance to grill Gen. David Petraeus about Iraq.

Sen. Barack Obama will be at a separate Petraeus hearing, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in the Boston Public Garden. At least two candidates, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and former Sen. Fred Thompson, are not making public appearances.

Only one is making it an all-out campaign day: Sen. John McCain, who launches his "no surrender" tour in Iowa (the name of the tour is a reference to the war in Iraq, not his own campaign). After attending a remembrance on the Senate floor and visiting St. Joseph's church on Capitol Hill to say a prayer for victims and families, McCain will go to the same Petraeus hearing as Sen. Clinton - then fly to Sioux City for a rally with Iowans. He holds a press conference tomorrow night.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Post Editor  |  September 11, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
 
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