Saturday night’s presidential debate in New Hampshire had been an acidic contest almost from the opening bell, but it took a particularly nasty turn about a half hour in when Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul shared a bitter exchange about military service.
The spat was triggered by a past comment of Paul’s labeling Gingrich a “chicken hawk” because he didn’t serve in Vietnam. Paul served as a flight surgeon during the conflict, having been drafted.
“I think people who don’t serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments aren’t — they — they have no right to send our kids off to war, and — and not be even against the wars that we have,” Paul said. “I’m trying to stop the wars, but at least, you know, I went when they called me up.”