Published Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 | 10:53 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 | 10:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John Ensign plans to campaign for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's opponent in 2010, whomever that may be.
Republicans are targeting Reid, the majority leader, as a top prize in the next election cycle -- as both parties continue trying to take out the other's leader.
Reid and Ensign have a policy of not criticizing one another publicly or privately, as a way to maintain good relations so they can team up on Nevada issues before Congress.
But the Reid-Ensign non-aggression pact has an election escape clause: Either can campaign for the other's opponent, as Reid did for Ensign's challenger, Jack Carter, in 2006.
Ensign's comments, first reported in the Hill newspaper, were confirmed this morning by his office.
The senator "said he'll campaign for his opponent just as Senator Reid campaigned for Senator Ensign's opponent," spokesman Tory Mazzola said.
Reid's office said seeing Ensign on the campaign trail was expected.