Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed Wednesday for greater troop withdrawals from Iraq, while Republican John McCain sought to win the hearts and minds of voters in favor of staying the course.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday rejected the congressional testimony of the top U.S. officials in Iraq accusing Iran of interfering in its war-torn neighbor.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that Iraq policy was ?not a state issue? and that the symbolic vote would carry no weight.
A day before President Bush's war address, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general's recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and sought legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. forces.
In the clamor of Democrats assailing President Bush on Iraq, presidential candidate John Edwards has found a way to be heard after Bush addresses the nation Thursday night: He's buying time for a rebuttal.
President Bush will try to make the case for his Iraq policy on national television tonight, but the audience he needs to reach may be much smaller: a dozen Republican senators whose votes will make the difference when the Senate reopens debate about Iraq next week.
Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday criticized President Bush's plan to withdraw roughly 30,000 troops from Iraq by next summer, with Sen. Hillary Clinton labeling it "too little, too late."
Two days of appearances before Congress have proved to Gen. David Petraeus there's no national consensus for a U.S. commitment in Iraq that would last another 10 years, Petraeus said Wednesday.
Democratic leaders in Congress have decided to shift course and pursue modest bipartisan measures to alter U.S. military strategy in Iraq, hoping to use incremental changes instead of aggressive legislation to break the grip Republicans have held over the direction of war policy.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called testimony given by the U.S. top commander in Iraq and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq "realistic and objective."