Reid: Iraq War vote 'biggest regret'
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSuicide is not just a veteran problem; it is an American problem The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Bernie campaign 2.0 - he's in it to win it, this time around MORE (D-Nev.) says his biggest regret in nearly three decades in the Senate is his vote in support of the Iraq War.

"My biggest regret is having voted for the Iraq War," Reid, who is retiring at the end of the year, said from the Senate floor on Thursday.

"I was misled, as a number of people were, but it didn't take me long to figure that one that," he continued. "So I became convinced that it was a mistake, and I spoke out loud and clear." 

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The Senate approved the use of military force in Iraq in 2002 by a 77-23 vote. Reid was one of 29 Democrats, including then-Sens. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE (N.Y.) and Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenAmy Poehler reveals which Dem candidates her 'Parks and Recreation' character might vote for The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference MORE (Del.), who supported the war. 

Reid's made the comments after Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight MORE (R-Ky.) knocked President Obama's foreign policy.

"President Obama's approach to national security policy began with unworkable ideas on the campaign trail and has been marked by some consistent themes," McConnell said. 

Lawmakers are currently debating a wide-ranging defense policy bill, with an initial vote currently scheduled as soon as Friday.

But Reid fired back at McConnell, saying he had a "lot of gall" to talk about foreign policy. McConnell also voted to approve the Iraq War. 

The fight over that 2002 vote also spilled over into the Democratic presidential primary. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (I-Vt.) has repeatedly knocked Clinton over supporting the Iraq War vote as he sought to undermine her foreign policy stance. 

"I voted against the War in Iraq, Hillary Clinton voted for the War in Iraq," Sanders told reporters earlier this year. "That may tell people about ... judgment. I'm not going to apologize to anybody about my judgment on foreign policy." 

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has said her vote was a mistake.