Paul made it sound like Newt dodged the draft 5 times. Whats the truth?

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    Newt claimed he wasn't elligable. I'm not old enough to know about draft requirements in the 60's. If what Paul said is accurate about Newt intentionally dodging and now wanting the power to send our kids into harms way, I'm going to have to side with Paul.
     
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    From Newt's wiki:

    Newt Gingrich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So it's at least two. One as a college student and another as a father.

    lol
     
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    I don't blame anyone for bullshitting their way out of going to nam, too bad it really only worked for kids who's parents had connections.
     
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    Newt claimed he had a wife and child. Paul had a wife and two children and still served when called.

    I'm for the draft. I don't believe it ever should have ended. People are much less willing to go to war unless it's only the children of the poor and minorities. Then it's easy.
     
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    It was that way during the draft also, the south was so heavily conscripted that it was clear the lottery was fixed.
     
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    My grandfather and father were drafted. One in WW2 and the other Nam. Neither were poor. Now our military is voluntary and those serving wish too. How is that a bad thing?
     
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    Draft Deferment: Vietnam


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    I remember something like Newt said he viewed himself as more valuable (or something) staying here at home than going to war.

    I'll try and find a link...
     
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    Anyways I can't find it, been awhile.
     
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    ETA: I haven't had a chance to check out when Newt was drafted and when he sought deferment. Out of curiousity for myself I want to check that out.

    But to apply for and receive deferment was not being a draft dodger. It was legal.

    The draft lotteries didn't start until 1969.

    Here's a good starter link for you.

    Vietnam War Draft Lottery
     
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