Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R) sought to capitalize on an obscure anniversary Monday.
Her campaign noted April 19 marked the three-year anniversary of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) declaring the Iraq war "lost."
Lowden, one of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination, said Reid "turned his back on U.S. soldiers."
"If Harry Reid had his way over the Commander in Chief and the commanders in the war zone, we would have withdrawn from Iraq in defeat and the region would be a much different place today,” she said in a statement.
The Reid camp was quick to point out that the four-term Democrat was saying there was no military solution to the conflict, an opinion many others shared at the time. "As long as we follow the President's path in Iraq, the war is lost," Reid said on the Senate floor three years ago. "But there is still a chance to change course -- and we must change course. No one wants us to succeed in the Middle East more than I do. Our brave men and women overseas have passed every test with flying colors. They have earned our pride and praise, more importantly, they deserve a strategy worthy of their sacrifice."
His campaign shot back at Lowden with its own attack, accusing her of supporting "a special burial tax for Nevada veterans."
"Sen. Reid has long been recognized as a champion for the needs of Nevada's troops and our veterans and it's disgraceful that someone who supports a death tax on veterans and opposes millions in funding for VA healthcare right here in Nevada has chosen to make this a campaign issue," Kelly Steele, a spokesman for the Reid campaign, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Iraq war re-entered the headlines Monday. Vice President Joe Biden announced the killing of two top leaders of al Qaeda Iraq, crediting Iraqi Security Forces supported by American troops with the successful operation.