Cheney Blasts Reid on Iraq Timetable

Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of pursuing a defeatist strategy in Iraq to win votes in the next election.

The Nevada Democrat says Cheney's charge does not warrant a

The two sparred today hours after President Bush said he will veto the latest war spending bill taking shape in Congress, which includes a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq.

Cheney lashed out at Reid after attending the weekly Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill, saying that some Democratic leaders seem to believe that blind opposition to the new strategy in Iraq is good politics.

Cheney says Reid himself has said that the war in Iraq will bring his party more seats in the next election. The vice president said, quoting now, "It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage."

Reid says he's not going to get in a name-calling match with "the administration's chief attack dog."

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