Harry Reid Gives Hillary Clinton Cover On Iraq War Vote

by Joel Gehrke

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said that his vote in support of the Iraq War was a “mistake,” albeit one he blamed on President George W. Bush’s team, in a show of repentance that may give Hillary Clinton cover as she gears up for another presidential campaign.

“What a mistake,” Reid told the Huffington Post. “I accepted what [former Secretary of State] Colin Powell and the others said. But it took me just a matter of a few months to realize it was a bad mistake, and my record speaks for itself. I’ve spoken out against what was going on, not once, not twice, but lots of times. And I’m sorry that I was misled, but I was, and it was a mistake for me to vote for that war.”

Reid made the comment in context of the current terrorist threat to the Iraqi state, but there may be an (unintended?) political ramification of the comment, too, as he is echoing Clinton’s reflections on her vote for the war.

“I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had,” Clinton wrote in Hard Choices, per CNN. “And I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”

Barack Obama made Clinton pay dearly for that vote in the 2008 Democratic primaries, but if Reid’s comment is any indication, the party line this cycle will be, She wasn’t along in getting it wrong, lots of other Democratic leaders made the same Bush-induced mistake.

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