FORT DODGE, Iowa — Vice President George Bush said for the first time Wednesday that in the presence of others he voiced reservations about the secret Iran arms sales that went beyond his previously stated concerns about the role of Israel in the covert operation.
"I also had the concerns that I have when any covert action is undertaken--how will it be interpreted if the cover is blown? Will lives be lost? Will our credibility be damaged? Unfortunately, my reservations turned out to be well-founded," Bush said.
His comments came in written responses delivered Wednesday to questions posed by Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory in her column Tuesday. Bush did not say when he voiced reservations or who heard them.
He has said repeatedly in recent campaign appearances that he stood "solidly" with the President and would not reveal what advice he gave President Reagan privately. Bush again vowed Wednesday not to disclose his advice to Reagan but said the additional reservations were made in a "setting with others present."