In Denver this week: The Republican, The Democrat, and A Stateswoman

If it’s Tuesday, it must be John McCain, vowing "never to surrender in Iraq, my friends." When it’s Wednesday in Denver, it will be Barack Obama, talking about the need to reform urban high schools. Also on Wednesday, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright returns to her old stomping grounds, to rededicate DU’s Graduate School of International Studies in honor of her father.

On Tuesday morning, McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, appeared before an estimated crowd of 400 at the University of Denver to talk foreign policy. Several anti-war veterans were removed for various disruptions.

Wednesday, Democratic rival Obama lands in Colorado, to tour the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Thornton, which is run by his education reform advisor Mike Johnston. He’ll then have a town hall meeting at the school.

Meanwhile, Albright, former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, will arrive at her alma mater for a series of invitation-only events honoring her late father, Josef Korbel, the former Czechoslovakian diplomat who founded DU’s Graduate School of International Studies in 1964.

Besides his daughter, Korbel was also an important mentor to current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During the morning ceremony, the graduate school will be renamed the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. In the afternoon, Albright plans to lead a student symposium to discuss foreign policy with 200 students.

The day will be capped with a dinner honoring her father, during which a pre-recorded video message from Rice will be aired.

Heady days, in the Mile High City.

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