Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'
January 4th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'

(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."


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

    Yes! Newt is an chicken Hawk. But, what about Romney who fled the country to go to France to avoid the Vietnam War. Plus Romney's has five sons, none enlist to served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Romney want to go around talking about how patriotic he is. Romney is a chicken hawk that raised more little chicken hawks and now wants this country to serve them.

    January 4, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. dalla

    @Marie MD
    Have you ever served in the military? You really don't know what you are talking about.

    January 4, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    So what is Ron Paul's take on a nuclear Iran threatening to shutoff 20% of the worlds oil supply and closing international waterways? None of our business because the USA isn't being attacked? And if we DID sail through and got attacked, would he just say OK, we'll stay out of there? And what messaqge does that send every tin pot dictator on the planet? That the USA is a joke and will not defend its national security interests. Welcome to a world of chaos.

    Ron Paul's wacky foreign policy ideas just don't stand up to real world scenarios. We simply can't pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist.

    January 4, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. benji

    Did he actually serve in a combat environment performing surgery on wounded Soldiers? If not then he isn't all that either.

    January 4, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Both Paul and Gingrich are scary candidates for president. One (Paul) as being irresponsible and the other (Gingrich) as just being another "puppet" to do the bidding of "the few".

    January 4, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. John Brown

    Ron Paul or slavery to government? Easy choice. Real democrats are voting Ron Paul. The republicans will be voting for their buddy Obama.

    January 4, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Richard

    Anyone but Obama. I can't do another 4 years of this guy.

    January 4, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Paul

    If the Air Force paid for his medical school, then he HAD to serve.

    January 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    How many more close encounters with ETs is the Republican Party going to give us? Ron Paul is unfit. Period.

    January 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't....

    January 4, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Boisepoet

    The other candidates are CHICKENHAWKS because they advocate warfare over diplomacy, but never wore the uniform themselves. I don't believe you have to serve in the military to be a patriotic American, or to be president, but to openly advocate war when you never volunteered yourself is the pure definition of a chickenhawk.
    That the others then chide Paul or Obama over choosing diplomacy and non-military measures with Iran over outright attacking them is complete proof.

    January 4, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Me

    Ron Paul comes across as the sanest of all GOP candidates. Were it not for his many years of past statements ridiculing civil rights, this man would be able to beat Obama easily. Because of his past, he has no chance.

    January 4, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Todd C

    "We spent Ron's tour of duty in San Antonio." – Carol Paul. Not exactly the horrors of war. And certainly beats being drafted into the Army, which is why he joined the Air Force in the first place.

    January 4, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. detada

    If nothing else, Ron Paul is simply a weird dude who will never win the republican nomination. If Romney cannot take him out, the republican party will torpedo his candidacy.

    January 4, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Lindsey

    Newt Romney can't be our nominee if we want to keep this country strong! Please people, wake up and support Ron Paul!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. JoJo

    When are Americans going to wake up to the fact that chickenhawks who send OTHER brave Americans to die in unnecessary wars based on flimsy pretexts do NOT "support the troops"? Americans who question such unnecessary wars are trying to save the lives and limbs of trusting young exploited Americans and it is THEY who are "supporting the troops". Furthermore, supporting an unnecessary war which does NOT meet Just War Criteria as the Vatican and leading American Protestant and Jewish hierarchies indicate was the case for the War in Iraq is OPPOSITE to the teachings of Jesus. GW Bush, Cheney, Rove and some of the current chickenhawks fall in this category, and some also profited from war, advocated torture, and slandered good American veterans (McCain in the 2000 primary, Kerry, and triple amputee Max Cleland).

    January 4, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But Truth wrote:

    Ron Paul's wacky foreign policy ideas just don't stand up to real world scenarios. We simply can't pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist.
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    Ron Paul doesn't seem to realize that a nuclear Iran means that a government with a potential to promote terrorism would have rocket mounted nuclear weapons within striking distance of most of the global oil supply.

    January 4, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. RodBinNC

    "chickenhawk"???? Was Newt hanging around 53 & 3rd?

    January 4, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Mark

    interesting how all the other candidate articles are heartwarming... "romneys sons stand up for dad", "gingrich cries remembering mother" yet when you talk about Paul, you cast him in a bad light. There is only one party, and that's the FED. All these networks are connected and take care of one another for their best interest. Vote Ron Paul and abolish this crap!

    January 4, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. animal48

    Newt says 75% of Iowans rejected Mitt. He seems to have overlooked the fact that 85% rejected him.

    January 4, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Carlin123

    If you actually think it's America's duty to TRY to police the world, then you or your children should be in uniform. You should have no problem sending your children off to die for your beliefs.

    January 4, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Mark1

    Paul needs help thinking, not tweeting.

    January 4, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    And this is the face of a party that wants to unite the country?

    January 4, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Mark

    if you have children, friends or family members in the armed forces, please let them know that they are being used for the greater good of the 1% and for that reason only. We have been lied to as a nation and our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us as is our wealth. Time our military used our skills and weapons against the true terrorists of this world...THE FED.

    January 4, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Knowing Newt she must be younger than him. "

    She's actually a robot, Model No. 2007-00546969, so she's about 4-5 years old. However...Newtered, being a big fan of "free market capitalism," also believes in planned/manufactured obsolescence, so she's bound to be replaced in the near future.

    January 4, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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