(CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee brought out his fatherly instinct in Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube debate when asked about the government dipping into Social Security funds to quell massive budget deficits.
"One of the things I would do for his generation is protect it from our generation," Thompson said. A new father himself, Thompson continued over audience applause to say, "We are spending the money of kids yet to be born."
In reference to Social Security, Thompson added, "Pretty soon it will be out of money. It will go bankrupt … we can't wait and let our grandkids and children, depending on how old they are, solve the problems we left them."
In Thompson's view, the pressing deficit issue is not only a fiscal issue, but also a moral issue.
–CNN's Emily Sherman