Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'
January 4th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
11 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. Rudy NYC

    Tomasina asked:

    What war, what service did obama serve in ?
    Liberals don't really care about that sort of stuff unless you try to lie about it. But, since you asked, Obama served in a couple of wars. He has served in the war on poverty and the war on hunger.

    January 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. MCFergy

    Note; Hispanics are primarily in the spotlight because 56% of the illegal population in the U.S. hale from Mexico and South America.

    With this in mind; the majority of tomorrows U.S. illegal population could be comprised of individuals from the Mid-East, Asia, Africa, China or any other country or culture. The focus should not be on whether an particular ethnicity would like to defend their illegal population in the U.S., the primary focus should be on the American Dream and the best candidate to promote achieving that dream for all Americans, legally.

    The fact remains; the perpetual cycle of illegal immigration must end as it distorts the free-market by giving some unscrupulous employers an unfair, unlawful advantage over ethical entrepreneurs.

    January 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Dave

    Unless a politician is a retired general/admiral, I could care less whether or not they served in the military. I wouldn't trust a lieutenant commanding an aircraft carrier so how could I trust him/her as Commander in Chief.

    January 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Paul, I'm a chickenhawk, Aaron

    I am a 34 year old male, my boyfriend is a 24 year old male, I'm a "chickenhawk". Maybe Newt is too, how old is hiw wife? Knowing Newt she must be younger than him. Ron, I believe the term you're looking for is a "draft-dodger" or a "coward".

    January 4, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Hayden

    Stop talking about his "dangerous" foreign policy. If a legitimate war was started you fight it with a declaration. He has said this multiple times. Take some time to read about this. Also, he his for fixing the infrastructure of America with the money funding the current wars. Also, he isn't cutting medicare or social security. He proposes to trim the federeal government by 10% and return spending to the 2006 levels. Time to take some responsibility and pay some motherfuc@ing bills.

    January 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Hayden

    Stop talking about his "dangerous" foreign policy. If a legitimate war was started you fight it with a declaration. He has said this multiple times. Take some time to read about this. Also, he his for fixing the infrastructure of America with the money funding the current wars. Also, he isn't cutting medicare or social security. He proposes to trim the federeal government by 10% and return spending to the 2006 levels. Time to take some responsibility and pay some bills.

    January 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. SNAKE

    ron paul is 70+years old. during vietnam, he was already a medical doctor and a surgeon. but guess what? he decided to serve his country and help american soldiers wounded in vietnam. he wasn't looking for the MONEY!, only to do some good for our brave american soldiers who just like me were treated like s hit! I NEVER VOTED IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN IT TO BE A COMPLETE SHAM. BUT IF RON PAUL GETS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATIOPN WHICH I DOUBT THE CORRUPT MONEY GRABBERS WILL EVER DO. I WILL GO OUT AND VOTE FOR RON PAUL 2012!

    January 4, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. RonPaul2012

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that understand that war is too costly for this country. We are sending generations off to war to fight for what? For peace? There would be (relative) peace if not for the US meddling in everyone else's business. One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist. At this point, the US war machine seems to be the greatest terrorist threat in the world.

    January 4, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Alex

    I have to admit that I don't think Ron Paul will win. But the fact that he's gotten this far is remarkable. He looks the opposite of Presidential. The fact that with everything stacked against him he's made it this far is a testament to his ideas. Just think what could happen in 2016 or 2020 if his son, who does look more Presidential, or another liberty defending person like Senator Mike Lee or Congressman Justin Amash were to run? The Republican Party was hijacked in the mid 20th century by the left wing, big government Neo-Conservatives (previously called Wilsonian Democrats, and Progressives before that). Now though, the Libertarian, Non-Interventionist, Classical Austrian School Liberals are taking the GOP back. It may not be in 2012 unfortunately, but just wait.

    January 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. greg

    @The Dude in Colorado
    "As I've said before – Ron Paul is like the crazy old uncle who is sometimes right."

    sometimes right? he's almost always right dude. He's been warning us for 30 years about the FED and how monetary policy is eroding the value of mine and YOUR savings. Its a little too complex for most idiots out there to grasp though. They'd rather slave away, swimming against the current of inflation, wondering why its so hard to get ahead, than to learn about what money is. He warned us in 2003 that the near round of monetary easing would create a housing bubble that would crash. Look it up on Youtube!!!! Hermain Cain was telling us that everything was fine with housing a week before the collapse. The establishment Republicans and Democrats are all controlled by the same people who own the large corporations and run the government, the media and the FED. They want to continue the bail outs, the robbing of you, me and the other tax payers in America. Ron Paul is the ONLY other choice. If he doesn't win, the country will continue its downward spiral and 90% of the population will never know why. You'll never know what America could have been if Paul had won. We will suffer for the next 10, 20, 30 years until we are a just a country. There will be new powers like China, Russia, Iran, Brazil, etc. We will be a shadow of our former selves because of the continuation of these failed policies. Start learning how money works people. Learn about monetary policy. If money is everything in this new greedy world. Learn how it works and the truth will come to light.

    January 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. LMC

    While there isn't a single Republican candidate that I care for, I have to say that it is unrealistic to expect every President to have served in the military. With that said, President Obama has shown more thoughtfulness towards the military than Bush ever did, after getting us involved in Iraz and forgetting about Afghanistan. Let's remember under who's watch Osama Bin Laden was finally found!

    January 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. UCantHandleTheTruth

    The US is broke and we should stop policing the world.

    January 4, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Rudy - you're an idiot.

    Ron Paul is a libertarian to a tee. You probably watch Glenn Beck and listen to him call himself a libertarian and actually think that he is one, but you would be mistaken.

    January 4, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. DC., Michigan


    We need wisdom in the White House, not some naive ideologue. We have that person in President Obama.

    If you think there is any wisdom in the White House right now, I want some of what you have been smoking for the last 3 years.... LMAO

    January 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. goodlife

    ron paul is really the only sane voice in this game. the rest in the pack is worried more about the interests of mideast people than us the taxpayers. hello, don't spend my hard earned money abroad that ain't doing me no good, ok? besides, i am pretty sure mideast can take care of its own problems without us sticking our nose in there. in all likelihood our billions of dollars injected there are the real reason they don't want to settle their nutty disputes.think, people.

    January 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Seth

    Of course, he got the idea from Al Franken, but Ron Paul would say he never read anything Al Franken wrote either.

    January 4, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Amazed2

    Hey Ron. Please add Dick Deferment Cheney and George Guardian of Birmingham Alabama Bush to that Chickenhawk list of yours......

    January 4, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Does that mean only ex-military can be in Congress or be President? Probably not a bad idea for President anyway.

    January 4, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. ANONYMOUS 0407

    @truth and nothing but Truth

    calm yourself Neo Con.. the world doesn't need superpowers... it never did..
    Wake the hell up and turn off the TV
    or are you too busy supporting the NDAA?
    Don't worry when they come in the night to take people they will take you too..
    That's how Fascist Dictatorships work.

    January 4, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Guitar wrote:

    For a true shot of Paul's Character and who he represents, do a google search and put in .. "Ron Paul Don Black"
    . Says it all!
    Do a google search for this "ron paul john birch society 50th"
    That will put all doubts to rest as to where Ron Paul stands when it comes to race relations in the US.

    January 4, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Todd C

    Ron Paul joined the Air Force in order to avoid combat duty in Vietnam. I challenge any of you to provide any evidence he even left the United States during that time.

    January 4, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Logic in LA

    none dislikes war than me, but Paul has no clue. His lack of knowledge of foreign affairs is only out-down by his lack of support for a "United" States. The man belongs on an island with Perry – the other anti America candidate.

    January 4, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Don Cooper

    Paul also should have mentioned Willard Romney, who spent his Vietnam War years as a missionary in France. Now his gaggle of sons - all of whom appear to be as enthusiastic as him in sending non-privileged young men and women off to be killed or maimed - have failed to take the opportunity to join up. If you want war, be prepared to join in the fighting.

    January 4, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. A Latina Independent voter

    My first choice is Obama and my second choice would be Ron Paul, I like his believes to bring the troops home and minding our own business and personal liberty.

    January 4, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. woodrow

    Dear Ron Paul. You don't have to carry a gun to serve the country. Gingrich has served the country most his life.

    January 4, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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