The appearance was Paul’s first time on a Sunday morning show since the Nov. 3 altercation, which left the then-54-year-old with six broken ribs. Paul added he couldn't get out of bed by himself, and his damaged lungs endured pneumonia twice.
But he refused to get into why neighbor Rene Boucher tackled him near the line between their Bowling Green, Ky., homes three months ago.
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Paul was reportedly doing yard work, with his ears protected, when Boucher knocked him down from behind.
“I just don’t think of any kind of motivation or justification, whether it’s political or personal, to attack someone who’s unaware from behind in their own yard,” he said.
Whether the altercation was actually for political reasons has remained unclear.
“I think one of the things about motivations is people got obsessed, some in the media, about the motivations,” he said. “But I think really we usually don't ask if someone's raped or mugged or whatever why the person did it. We want punishment and deterrents.”