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. jamison

    Except for a few like Kerry or McCain or JFK, ALL these politicians are the same. They shy away from going off to serve in the military and try to keep their children out also, but have no problem in sending thousands to their death like Bush did in a war he built on LIES. The only reason we were in Iraq was for Haliburton and other Corporations to make a profit. The good old Republican plan.

    January 4, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @DC., Michigan in reply to my post: "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"

    I don't smoke anything; you, on the other hand, seem to possess a brain addled by something, given you are incapable of dealing with the FACTS, which support my statement.

    Like I said and stand by: We need wisdom in the White House, not some naive ideologue. We have that person in President Obama.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 4, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    I don't; but I'm also a realist. I come from a military family, so I know about sacrifice. We need to scale back our overseas commitments, but more importantly, we need to get rid of the influence that lobbyists have on our elected officials – specifically, those for the military industrial complex.

    January 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. LtButRt

    Ron Paul is right ,but not totally. Gingrich is a craven, pseudo-intellectual blowhard,hedonistic swine!

    January 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. jamison

    Sorry but Ron Paul has some strange ideas that just wont fly in today's real world. I believe he speaks to extraterrestrials.

    January 4, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Sarah

    OH MAN! That's what we in the NW called the Seattle Seahawks! He must know our secret now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 4, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Sattymike

    @ Marie MD

    " Surgeon in the AF, probably state side, doesn't cut it either old man! January 4, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am"

    When you agree to serve in the military it is agreeing to give your life for your country. It doesn't matter where they send you or don't send you after that. You've sworn to put your life on the line. Your comment disregarding Ron Paul's service is ignorant and I hope you think twice about it. Ron Paul served and he's a veteran – former and current active duty show him respect and support for that. Guys like Newt, Romney and Obama have no idea what that's like. They talk about how they've spent their lives as public servants working in politics, but that 'service' is nothing compared to the service of signing on the line to serve in our military. |

    January 4, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Todd C

    Who would you trust more on National Security, a guy who avoided going to Vietnam by getting a PhD in Modern European History or an obstetrician who avoided going to Vietnam by joining the Air Force and serving in San Antonio?

    January 4, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. gg

    this 2012 not 1912–ron paul would like to go back to the days when monorities and women were not able to vote

    January 4, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Wolf Daddy Deluxe

    LOLOL good for ron paul !

    January 4, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "this 2012 not 1912โ€“ron paul would like to go back to the days when monorities and women were not able to vote"

    In light of clear demographic trends and projections into the near future (particularly in southern states like TX that want everyone to believe that illegal immigration is the only reason minority populations are growing faster than white populations), I think it's safe to say that wanting to return to whites-only-voting makes Rondroid no different than the rest of the hissy fit throwing omg-a-black-man-is-potus GOPers/Teatrolls out there. THAT is what lies at the very very core of the ENTIRE tantrum we've witnessed the past 3+ years.

    January 4, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Ron Paul supporters are just as bad as single-issue voters. One can only hope they research their beloved candidate more thoroughly before they vote for that senile racist. For every one good policy idea Paul may have, he has a dozen more that would be catastrophic and imperilling to the USA. Ron Paul is the most dangerous candidate in the GOP-bagger race. Educate yourselves you idiots!

    January 4, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Christy P in Santa Cruz

    Tired of War – It's called the Military Industrial Complex. Let's ask Cheney how much he made from Halliburton.

    January 4, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Barney

    Paul is the only guy that can beat Obama. Believe it. More than that, I really think the vast majority of Paul's ideas are what this country needs. Every candidate has ideas you may disagree with. Every one of them. But Paul is highly educated and understands the role of government, the Fed, and how the economy works. We need a President that has that focus and understanding. Face to face in a debate with Obama, Paul is the only one that stands a chance.

    January 4, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    HAHAHAHA wrote:

    All of you keep chanting about how awful a nuclear Iran would be-when is the last time Iran went to war with another sovereign people?-
    Check your history. Iran and Iraq went at it throughout the 1980s. They were regular sparring partners. It ended when Saddam attacked Kuwait in 1991 and US led allied forces moved into the region in force. The US has not really left Iraq since that time. There was a no-fly zone that lasted a decade, during which time the US tended to turn a blind eye to Saddam if he wanted to go into Iran on clandestine military strikes. Check your history.

    January 4, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. cpc65

    Chicken Hawk? Somebody warn Foghorn Leghorn!

    January 4, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. works4me

    ... that was great!

    January 4, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Pete/Ark

    Somebody please ask the Doctor if he enlisted after graduation , or did this opponent of government "handouts" get through med school by joining the military and getting pay,tuition,fees,etc...and then served out his contract . Might make an interesting study.

    January 4, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Sattymike

    I see a lot of clever devils saying that "We'll be back in the 1800's if Ron Paul were elected!!" So how exactly? Explain yourselves.

    I see a lot of people saying they "don't like his platform". What exactly? Fiscal responsibility? Smaller federal gov/? Individual gun ownership? Stopping the 'War on drugs' that jails so many young minority men for minor marijuana offenses (which Obama is fine with btw)? Auditing the Fed which gave trillions to the Wall Street banks without any over sight (the same banks that are funding both Obama and Romney but not Ron Paul) ? Staying out of foreign wars that don't concern us – while maintaining a strong military at home in case we do need it? Letting Congress decide when to go to war? Or maybe capping Congressional and Presidential salaries at the average American salary? That he's not Pro-choice because he's actually seen babies get aborted? That he actually served in our military honorably? That he intends to balance our budget and actually reduce our National debt which Obama doesn't seem to realize exists?

    I'd like to hear the details of what about Ron Paul is so radical, anarchistic, evil or non-electable. ,

    January 4, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. justin

    Whatever...if name calling is what moves us then we should get a very good name caller in chief indeed. LOL...presidents give orders to assasinate, terminate and end the lives of people and we think someone calling someone is news? Cool.

    January 4, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. PacoSF

    RE: @Marie MD
    Obvious astroturf attempt.

    The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots campaigns that create the impression that large numbers of people are demanding or opposing particular policies

    January 4, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Frank of Oklahhoma and proud of it ...

    You know you just might be right Ron Paul might be a little crazy ....BUT IT TIME we got crazy about our country .. You know Texas in still here he has not send it to h%?# that I know of So I will support that crazy old man because I think he has had enough of the bull crap that been spread around for far to long .. it time for us realize our govertment is to big .. a congress person make $400,000.00, a year, their not worth it.. I'll vote for the crazy old man .. its time to correct the people in office ...and take a stand for coma sense....

    January 4, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Madtown

    Calista calls Newt her "little chicken McNugget".

    January 4, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @Sattymike: Look, it's commendable that Ron Paul enlisted, but as a doctor trained in obstetrics and gynecology, he knew that the chance of him seeing combat was slim to none. He also did not re-enlist; instead, he joined the National Guard, which used to deal only with local disasters, before Bush and Cheney waged two unfunded wars that they didn't want the general American public to sacrifice for.

    While I appreciate Ron Paul's service to our country, don't try to make him into some kind of combat hero. BTW, I agree with him that Gingrich is – like GW Bush, Cheney, Norquist, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Limbaugh (basically, the folks who lied us into Iraq) – a chickenhawk.

    January 4, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. hope120

    Looks like Newt needs some chesses to go with his WHINE. His stepford wife wants the prestige why
    else is she with him ???????????

    January 4, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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