Harry Reid on John McCain and the Iraq War

Harry Mason Reid is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party, as well as the U.S. Senate Majority Leader for the 110th Congress.

Reid has been leader of the Senate Democrats since 2005, serving as Minority Leader from 2005 until the Democrats won control of the Senate in the 2006 congressional elections. Reid is the first member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Senate Majority Leader. His new memoir, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington, was released in May of 2008.

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Question: If John McCain is elected, would that be a mandate to stay in Iraq?

Harry Reid: The war causes me grief. We had a bloody month in April, 51 Americans killed. Every one of those Americans who died had wives, mothers, fathers, neighbors, brothers, sisters. It’s tragedy all 51 times. We have lost going on 4,100 Americans, tens of thousands wounded, a third of them grievously wounded--missing eyes, more then 3,000 double amputees, paralysis, and of course one out of every five has head trauma so badly that they need care for this next generation. I can’t imagine the American people endorsing this war. It’s costing us $5,000 a second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What more you can say? The American people can’t endorse this war.