Reid: Iraq War vote 'biggest regret'
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary 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 ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE (N.Y.) and Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE (Del.), who supported the war. 

Reid's made the comments after Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests 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 SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge 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.