Former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich bristled at rival Ron Paul's suggestion he purposely avoided serving in the military during the Vietnam War during a Sunday interview on Fox News.

Paul said during Saturday's ABC news debate in New Hampshire that "people that 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."

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"It's just false," Gingrich said Sunday. "He's older than I am, he operated under a different set of rules. They've been changed. I never asked for a deferment.

"I was 3-A, which meant married with children, and my number never came up," he continued. "Had it come up, I would have done what he did. I would have served."

Gingrich pointed to his father's service in Vietnam as evidence he understands what duty is. He said he found Paul's comments personally offensive and based on misinformation.

Gingrich also said he has no problem with people running attack ads that are factually accurate, but that he objects to spreading information that's not true. As an example he drew a strong contrast between himself and GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

"I am a bold Reagan conservative. The governor is a timid Massachusetts moderate. That's a big gap. We don't have to run anything that's inaccurate," Gingrich said. "People will get the contrast. And that's totally legitimate because you ought to be informed before you vote."