Vice President George Bush, "offended and shocked" by allegations of widespread corruption in the nation's military procurement practices, said Friday he hoped it wouldn't become a campaign issue.
"I hope it doesn't," Bush told a group of reporters called to his office for his televised comments on the recent allegations of bribery and kickbacks in the Pentagon's purchasing system."I won't mince words," the Republican presidential candidate said. "I am offended and shocked like most Americans at the abuse of public trust these allegations represent."
At the same time, however, Bush acknowledged that he and President Reagan - briefed on the sweeping investigation for the first time this week - did not know many of the details. "I can't answer to who's involved at this point," he said, "I just want to be on record about how strongly I feel about it."