(CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday that rival Newt Gingrich was a "chickenhawk" for voting to send American troops into war while never having served in the military himself.
Paul was responding to a question from CNN's Soledad O'Brien on the program "Starting Point" about Gingrich's assertion that the Texas congressman would be a "dangerous" candidate.
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"You know, when Newt Gingrich was called to serve us in the 1960s during the Vietnam era, guess what he thought about danger? He chickened out on that and got deferments and didn't even go," Paul said. "Right now he sends the young kids over there and the young people come back and the ones in the military right now, they overwhelmingly support my campaign."
Paul pointed to the number of veterans who are supporting his bid for the GOP nomination, citing their endorsement for his platform of limited American involvement overseas
"We get twice as much support from the active military personnel than all the other candidates put together," Paul said. "So Newt Gingrich has no business talking about danger because he is putting other people in danger. Some people call that kind of a program a 'chickenhawk' and I think he falls into that category."
Paul has previously criticized the former House speaker for deferments he received during the Vietman era. Paul himself served as a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force after attending medical school.
Paul also said Wednesday he had no idea who posted a snarky message about rival candidate Jon Huntsman on his official Twitter page.
The post, which appeared late Tuesday as results were being complied in the Iowa caucuses, read: "@JonHuntsman, we found your one Iowa voter, he's in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks."
"I didn't quite understand even what you just read, but, obviously, I didn't send it," Paul said. "So, I don't even understand. I'm sorry, I didn't catch the whole message there about Jon Huntsman. I haven't talked about Jon Huntsman in a long time. I don't know what's going on there."
The message was sent from the account @RonPaul, which is the candidates official feed. Paul admitted Wednesday that he "has some help tweeting."
The only thing out of Paul's mouth that I can agree with.
That's an interesting use of the term. It used to be that a "chickenhawk" referred to a pedophile who sppecialized in young boys.
Seriously, if you're not voting for Ron Paul you're asking for MORE OF THE SAME, democrat or republican. We've all seen the "change" Obama brought. Just another establishment stooge.
I can see where Paul calls Gingrich a chickenhawk. I would say the same think of George W. Bush. I don't think he served enough or well enough to really understand sending people to war. Gingrich understands the idea of war but not the results. I don't know if Paul can really understand the need for war either. Sometimes we need to go out there and protect those that can't do it for themselves. Paul is too much of an isolationist to really understand. He wants to be comfortable in his own little world.
He could say the same thing about Rick Santorum, who never served in the military but is basically promising a war with Iran if he is elected.
Romney is bush part 2, Gingrich will smile in your face and laugh at you behind your back, have we not learned that only good trees bear good fruit... Ron Paul is the only one who dares to address the obvious while every other politician plays the fence, what's wrong with IOWA... Can they see through the facade cmon people wake up... RON PAUL if not its OBAMA again, and by the way if anybody thinks that obama is doing bad try passing bills through a bunch of republicans who hate everybody who dosent cut them a check... We need a change, we need the peoples voice, dump lobbyists, rebuild infrastucture, let's back the dollar again with something besides faith and credit... But I am a innocent by standard just dreamin right ?
The GOP primary is now starting to be entertaining!
Newt want nukes, Perry wants to secede, Santorum plays with corpses.....nice circus!
Not sure what Ch1ckenhawk really means, but you can bet Gingrich is just in this for the money. He knows he cannot get nominated...he never intended to lead the nation, but he DOES intend to maximize campaign contributions as long as he can... so he can take the money and run when he inevitably drops out. Worked for Cain.
I admire anyone for whatever reason that serves in the military. I was in the air force as an administrator. That is the job they gave me. If one has not served at all from made up deferrments, then they have no credit with me.
IMHO, all of this is just a set up for Rand Paul to run for POTUS in 2016. Not that is matters; both have no chance. Libertarianism looks good on paper, but will never work with a population size that allows any anonymity.
Obama 2012 – Because being rational matters
Well if the Paulestinians couldn't get their old man to the top in IOWA...They stand no chance anywhere else...
Face it Tweetie Birds...Your race is over.......
Gingrich a chickenhawk, Paul a turkey, Bachmann a clownfish, Romney a vulture,
@Tom my point is that unless paul actually served right smack in the middle of a battlefield during the Civil War, excuse me, Vietnam War, he can't throw stones at newterman for not serving.
I'll take a surgeon in the AF stateside over a dodger nowhere-side.
Hey Newt! Before you get all fussy and throw a tantrum remember you just said that if its stating facts its not negative campaigning.
I think Ron Paul is right on with this one. That's exactly what is wrong with Republicans, they're all "CHICKEN HAWKS." They are quick (especially Santorum) to bang the battle drums, yet when it was their time to serve, they were afraid and ran.
I really like how President Obama handled the Libya 'war'. Criticism from the Left, accusations from the Right, still... not a single serviceperson killed/wounded, and a gain in international cooperation and prestige.
Those who often promote war are never seen or heard of on the front line......author (me).
Bush, Cheney, Rove, Gingrich, they always get deferments while sending someone's else's kids to war. They just start them, they don't fight them. Ron Paul was a surgeon in Vietnam in 1964 and 65. He saw first hand the effects of a useless war. Santorum has already said he would bomb Iran. Do we really want another war? This is one time people need to think with their heads, and not listen to these stupid politicans.
Dude, Obama didn't "put" our troops in harm's way. Boy George did. He started the Iraq war by lying to avenge Daddy's failures. Obama ended it. He's also killed Osam bin Laden, which is the first step toward ending THAT war. Son of a Bush sat around reading My Pet Goat.
Is this like the kettle calling the pot black? Doesn't Paul want to stick his head in the ground and pretend that the world isn't out to kill us?
That Ron Paul has others send 140-character tweets for him tells me all I need to know about the guy.
To those who say Ron Paul is crazy, you do realize that his policies are the policies of the Republican party?
The present republican party is not the real party, its a NeoCon hijacking at work.
@ MarieMD –
Being a 1/3 term freshman senator and community organizer certainly doesn't cut it either. Just sayin...