The St. Anselm debate got a little nasty and awfully
personal when Rep. Ron Paul stuck by his accusation earlier this week that
former Speaker Newt Gingrich is a "chicken hawk" because he accepted deferments
that kept him out of military service during the Vietnam War. "At least I went
when I was called up," said the 76-year-old Paul who was a flight surgeon in
the Air Force in the early '60s.
Paul made the charge on Wednesday when he first talked about
Gingrich's reaction when he was eligible for the draft. "Guess what he thought
about danger? He chickened out on that and got deferments and didn't even go."
Asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if he would again call Gingrich a chicken hawk, Paul responded, "Yeah, I think people who don't serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments... they have no right to send our kids off to war."