Paul questions Gingrich's draft deferment
December 15th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Paul questions Gingrich's draft deferment

(CNN) - Ron Paul issued a new hit on Newt Gingrich Thursday, suggesting his rival was incautious by taking a hawkish stance on U.S. defense while having deferred military service himself.

"He's probably as aggressive with the military as anybody," Paul said on Fox News. "He supports all the wars in the Middle East a thousand times more than I would. But you know in the nineteen-sixties when I was drafted in the military, he got several deferments. He chose not to go. Now he'll send our kids to war."

Paul, who has seen a recent jump in Iowa polls, served as a surgeon for the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s after graduating from medical school.

Gingrich was an active student during the 1960s, earning a bachelors degree from Emory University in 1965 and a masters from Tulane in 1968. He later earned a Ph.D from Tulane.

In his criticism of Gingrich Thursday, Paul noted an explanation the former speaker has given about his deferments.

"At that time he said that one person wouldn't make a difference," Paul said. "He didn't see how he could make a difference. So I see that as important information. People should know that. It reflects on him."

Thursday's comments aren't the first time Paul has gone after Gingrich. The Texas congressman released a round of negative television ads last week, painting Gingrich as inconsistent and not sufficiently conservative. The ads ran in Iowa and New Hampshire.

A spokesman for Gingrich did not reply to a request for reaction to Paul's comments.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. SayWhat

    The problem with the Conservatives is there is nothing left to conserve.

    December 15, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Will S

    About a quarter of previous Presidents didn't served in the military. He wouldn't be the first. Personally, Obama has my vote again, although I would prefer Clinton to be his running mate. She should have won the last would be in a much better place.

    December 15, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. dialogos68

    Ron Paul receives more financial contributions from active duty vets than all the other candidates combined. Why is this? They know that Ron Paul is the best solution for our National Defense, though the establishment media is trying to make him look like a kook who would hurt national security. We need to defend our borders and give all these National Guard troops who are on their 3rd and 4th tours of duty a break. What if there was a real war in the near future? Our military is already at the breaking point from wars started to help banks and oil companies. We need an agenda to help repair America. Vote for Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    December 15, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Kevin McKenna

    I would hope that Paul does what Obama was too much of a coward to do - investigate, prosecute, and jail the entire establishment that continues to exploit and oppress in order to line their personal pockets, and the pockets of their immoral cronies.

    I'm a disenchanted liberal Democrat, now Independent. Ron Paul has earned my vote.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    December 15, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Nevis Mn

    Gingrich would be an excellent draftee. He could talk the enemy to death without saying anything meaningful.

    December 15, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Mark Taylor

    Newt Gingrich is so disingenuous. Actions speak louder than words, just look at this guy's history. How could anyone, regardless of ideological leanings, buy into this guy's act?

    December 15, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. longshot

    Ron Paul brings up good points, then goes off the deep end on others. if he was elected, absolutely nothing he wants would be passed in congress by either side – his supporters might love him, but wake up to reality (besides he's wants to abolish every agency designed to protect Americans)

    December 15, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Cinchy

    I don't care about the military record of my president. I want him or her to be intelligent, experienced, possess leadership capability. Gingrich is smarter, more knowledgeable, and more experienced than Paul. He also has far greater leadership experience. Paul has a better military record? Who cares.

    December 15, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Jason Storey

    Go Ron Paul!

    December 15, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. LAsmog

    Another Republican chicken-hawk. Gingrich would have fit in perfectly with Bush and Cheney.

    December 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Rad

    I hate hypocrites and don't have much love for Republicans in general but I do admire Ron Paul.

    December 15, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Mike Edgerton

    The yellow dogs of 60s are the chicken Hawks of today

    December 15, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Joee Deere

    Are you serious. Is that really true that he would say he could not make a difference? I can't believe this.

    December 15, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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