PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Hillary Clinton began a speech on the housing crisis here Monday by acknowledging the 4,000th U.S. fatality in Iraq, a milestone that occurred yesterday when four American soldiers were killed by an I.E.D. in southern Baghdad.
"I want to take a moment to note yesterday's heartbreaking news that five years after start of war there have been 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq," she said.
"Tens of thousand of our brave men and women have also suffered serious wounds, both visible and invisible to their bodies, their minds and their hearts. As president, I intend to honor their extraordinary service and sacrifice of them and their and their families by ending this war and brining them home quickly and responsibility as possible."
In a statement sent to reporters, Clinton's rival Barack Obama said that, "It is with great sadness that we have reached another grim milestone in Iraq, with at least 4,000 of our finest Americans having been killed."
"Each death is a tragedy, and we honor every fallen American and send our thoughts and prayers to their families. It is past time to end this war that should never have been waged by bringing our troops home, and finally pushing Iraq's leaders to take responsibility for their future ... "
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby