Harry Reid on Iraq War vote: 'It tainted my heart'

Harry Reid on Iraq War vote: 'It tainted my heart'
© Greg Nash

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (D-Nev.) said in an interview published Monday that his vote in support of the Iraq War "tainted my heart."

Reid told The Nevada Independent that the vote "was a horrible mistake I made."

"It tainted my heart. It was the wrong thing to do. But I was sucked in by General [Colin] Powell and others and I believed them. So I regret that, yes, I do," he said.


"There are other things that I can think of that have caused me a little bit of concern, but as I said when we started this conversation, you know, I recognized [I would] make mistakes and people [would] criticize me," Reid added.

The Senate in 2002 voted 77-23 to approve using military force in Iraq, with 29 Democrats voting in support of the war.

Reid has previously expressed regret over his vote, calling it his "biggest regret" in 2016.

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

Other Democrats who voted in support of the war included then-Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Joe Biden (Del.).