George Bush continued the recent series of Republican attacks on the Carter administration today by charging that Ambassador to China Leonard Woodcock had corrupted the Foreign Service "by injecting partisan politics into it."
The Republican vice presidential nominee, referring to Woodcock's statement 10 days ago that Ronald Reagan's plans to expand U.S. ties with Taiwan would endanger relations with the People's Republic of China, expressed outrage that an ambassador would make such a politically charged statement.
"The ambassador of the U.S., in an unprecedented move, went into the political arena -- and said that if my running mate were elected president of the United States that that could indeed endanger relations between the United States and China," Bush said.
Bush's comment came during a speech to the World Affairs Council here, an address that offered broad criticisms of American military preparedness and "vacillation" in the Carter administration's foreign policy.
Like Reagan's recent speeches, the Bush address was aimed at regaining the offensive lost when national attention was focused on Reagan's miscuses over the past two weeks.
Bush, who ridiculed leading Democrats for implying that Reagan might lead the nation into war, also said, "the Soviets" perception of the leading nation in the West as vacillating or militarily weak or out of balance could one day result in a major power confrontation with absolutely unthinkable consequences."