Republican Jeb Bush said that based on information known now, he would not have launched Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Jeb Bush reversed course on Thursday after a week of criticism and said that based on information known now, he would not have launched the Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush. Bush, who is expected to run for the Republican nomination, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast this week that "I would have" authorized the invasion that his brother carried out in 2003. Without prompting, Bush addressed the issue on Thursday at a town hall event in Tempe. "Knowing what we know now, I would have not engaged, I would have not gone into Iraq," the former Florida governor said. Bush's comment earlier in the week saying he would have invaded had fed a narrative pushed by Democrats that he is little different from his brother, who left office in early 2009 with his popularity weakened by the Iraq war and a faltering U.S. economy. Jeb Bush later said he misinterpreted the question. Jeb Bush has repeatedly said he would be "my own man" if elected president, but he has struggled to deal with questions involving George W. Bush's war legacy. The issue intensified this week with the Fox News interview and he has had to explain himself repeatedly.