Transcript for Jeb Bush Says He Misheard Iraq War Question
We move to the race to the white house now. Jeb bush playing defense over comments he made about the Iraq war. He wrestles with his older brother's legacy. Jon Karl is in Washington with the latest. Reporter: Good morning, George. Jeb bush is not an official candidate yet. He's already had his first big stumble, offering four different answers to basic question about the Iraq war. For Jeb bush, it was a moment of shock and awe. Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion? I would have. Reporter: Really? He would have invaded Iraq even if he knew there were no weapons of mass destruction? Now bush is saying he misheard the question. I heard -- whatever I heard was translated, knowing what you knew then, what would you do? Reporter: The misheard question and the less than smooth clarification has put the Iraq war the most unpopular decision of his brother's presidency, front and center in the campaign. Bush's republican rivals are pouncing. We know that intelligence was false. No way we would have gone to war with Iraq. I want to directly answer your question, that's what I do. If we knew then what we know now and I was the president of the United States, I wouldn't have gone to war. Reporter: Bush is declining to answer the question me misheard. Talking about whether the war should have been fought does a disservice for those who served. Going back in time and talking about hype the kals I think does a disservice for them. Reporter: He says we should focus on the lessons learned from the war. Jeb bush's latest an on this is quote, given the power of looking back, of course anybody would have made different decisions. Still not crystal clear. He's moved closer to the direct no answer that his rivals have given. And they did that fast. Jon Karl, thank you very much.
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