BOSTON (AP) - The tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war is forcing candidates in Massachusetts' special Senate election to grapple with a conflict that saw public support drop as it was fought.
Both Democratic candidates, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, voted for the White House's 2002 Iraq war resolution. A year later, Markey voted against an $87 billion war funding package, which Lynch supported.
Republican Michael Sullivan said he supported the goal of building a free Iraq.
Many of the candidates are now opting to focus on the needs of veterans.
Lynch is pushing a bill he said would require more timely veteran services, while GOP candidate Gabriel Gomez said veterans must have jobs and treatment.
Markey said the Bush administration "perpetrated a fraud" by launching the invasion, but said the country must support returning veterans.