On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that his vote against the war as a U.S. senator looks proper to him in hindsight.
A few months before the start of the war, Dayton joined Sen. Paul Wellstone in voting against the resolution to authorize military action against Iraq. He told reporters that he thinks many of his former Senate colleagues now regret voting in favor of the resolution.
Dayton said misinformation from the Bush administration made it a difficult vote, but he has no regrets.
"The only way out of a bad war, which we're still trying to get out of in Afghanistan officially, Iraq unofficially, is not to start it," Dayton said. "To start a war under false pretext, as the Iraq war began, is really disgraceful."
Dayton was among 21 Senate Democrats who voted against the resolution. One Republican and one independent also voted no.