(CNN) – A day after a GOP presidential debate, White House hopeful Ron Paul upbraided rival candidate Michele Bachmann for disliking Muslims.
"She hates Muslims," Paul said on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday. "She wants to go get 'em."
Paul failed to elaborate further. His remarks follow his heated exchange with Bachmann during Thursday night's debate when the two argued about Iran's nuclear development program.
Paul strongly disputed Bachmann's claim that Iran was "within just months" of developing a nuclear bomb and blasted U.S. sanctions against Iran as an "act of war."
A staunch non-interventionist, Paul urged the government to use diplomats to resolve the situation.
Bachmann, in response, ripped into Paul's position, describing it as one that seriously underestimates Iran's intentions.
"I think I have never heard a more dangerous answer for American security than the one that we just heard from Ron Paul," Bachmann said, receiving wide applause.
The International Atomic Energy Agency released a 14-page report on Nov. 8 concluding there were "credible" and "serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program."
Both candidates continued to argue about the issue, creating one of the most intense moments of the night.
Bachmann pointed to the Iranian constitution, saying the Islamic republic's "mission is to extend jihad across the world and eventually to set up a worldwide caliphate."
She added: "We would be fools and knaves to ignore their purpose and their plan."
Paul quickly fired back, saying he, too, didn't want to see Iran with a nuclear weapon. But he said that Bachmann was portraying a skewed view of the Muslim world.
"To declare war on 1.2 billion Muslims and say all Muslims are the same, this is dangerous talk," Paul said. "Yeah, there are some radicals, but they don't come here to kill us because we're free and prosperous."
Responding to Paul's answer on "The Tonight Show," Bachmann on Saturday said his statement was "outrageous."
"Of course I don't hate Muslims. That's an absolutely outrageous statement. What I love are Americans and the American people," she said at a campaign stop in Iowa.
She went on to claim that the "true hatred" was coming from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who in 2005 quoted a remark from Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."
"As Commander-in-Chief I will stand for the safety and security of the American people. I think, quite frankly, with all due respect to my colleague, that Ron Paul would make a very dangerous president because he doesn't understand this threat," she said.
Paul's answer about Bachmann on Leno's show Friday night came amid a lightning round of questions from the TV host, who asked Paul to comment on each of his presidential rivals.
The Texas congressman gave a similar answer when Leno mentioned former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a strong social conservative who frequently takes a strong conservative stance on gay rights.
Paul said Santorum doesn't like "gay people and Muslims."
And as for the current front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Paul gained laughs when he said the two candidates should go back to their old jobs.
– CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report.
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Still speaking the truth. Come on America, elect this man. You can do it!
He's got a point
About time someone called out Santorum.
Now I want to vote for Ron Paul.
Gee, Ron Paul, tell us something we don't already know...
Sounds like pretty accurate statements to me. So sick of all of these warmongers who think the only solution is to use the military first, ask questions later. We do not need another war at this time. Especially one that has the very real potential to draw China and Russia in– on the other side! Sure Iran is a problem and no one wants them to get nuclear weapons, but isolation and sanctions do not hurt the regime in Iran, only the average citizens. In the 90's Saddam Hussein made billions, while only the people suffered. It is funny that all of these candidates, except Ron Paul, want to isolate and threaten war with Iran, yet it is Paul who always gets called the isolationist.
The people of Iran see us as a threat, because we are on both sides of their country, will not talk or trade with them, and keep banging the war drums. We also overthrew their democratically elected leader in 1953 and installed a puppet dictator who repressed the people for decades. People want to feel safe, that is why enough of them wont stand up and remove the current regime. It is the same reasons so many Americans support these war-mongering neo-con hawks. They want to feel safe. Perhaps if we led by example, instead of with the threat of military force, the people of Iran would stand up and take their country back. War should only be a last resort– and we are not anywhere close to that yet. Even if Iran had a bomb, they could never get it to us. And even if they could, it would only ensure that their entire country gets wiped off the map and turned into a parking lot. All of this talk about Iran being a threat is like saying a pre-school child is a threat to a high school senior.
Bachman is as nuts as anyone in the Middle East
Proof once again that Republicans are willing to eat their young (metaphorically speaking, of course).
I believe most people are not warming up to Muslims, But the only one that arent afraid to speak out have nothing to lose..Those that do have something to lose are biting their tongue..If you have a rare exception that one would come forward and speak the truth and not be a chicken $h it they should get my support...
For as many muslims a there is in the world they sure aint helping us....No I am not muslim friendly but I realize not all are bad...same as the jews........But they could do better......Ilam is thinking they will rule the world one day but so are the Jews, The Blacks and the hispanics...all of them think they they will be the rulers.....Someone is going to be disappointed and I think its gonna be the Dems.....almost sure of it.....
Wait, wait, let me see if I've got this right.She doesn't hate Muslims and she loves Americans and the American people. I guess they're two different things, Americans and the American people. What if Muslims are Americans and the American people. Does she love them too? What if they're not Americans and the American people, does she still love them????
I guess ignoring Iran's plan makes us "fools and knaves", except I kinda thought knaves were: dishonest or unscrupulous people. Mebbe she meant naive???????? I dunno, cuz I'm not that smart, just a little naïve. or mebbe knave.
Republicans are haters, fear mongers and war mongers. All they want to do is hate, instill fear and fight.
Of course she does. Why would she say she doesn't? And Ron Paul believes in space aliens. Rick Perry said yesterday that the Marcellus shale formation was just discovered ten yeas ago. Apparently, they don't believe in the theory of geology in Texas, either.
Look, we ALL want to be rid of Obama W. Bush. But the republicans need a candidate that's smart AND sane. Is there not even ONE smart, sane republican? Not even one?
OMG, what an IDIOT. President Bachmann??????????? The woman is delusional.
Iran has repeatedly stated that it wants to wipe Israel off the face of the world. So what part of that don't we understand? Maybe Iran won't go after us first, but you can bet they will go after Israel so I don't think Bachmann is over reacting and I think Ron Paul's (and I really do like him) non-intervention is a bit naive. However, any intervention should only be done through sanctions and diplomatic means. We try to invade Iran.... and baboom!
Fighting wars are in human DNA. Religion and economics are the primer. With atomic bombs in many nations hands, the next war could be the biggest yet and millions will perish. If Iran develops 10 or a hundred bombs that small country will be turned solid glass, they are not stupid to use it. It does serve their defence. We keep threatening daily, we would have reacted in the same manner if we were in their shoes. Bachmaan is a loose cannon and not elect-able.
These naive views are the reason Ron Paul should never be president of the United States.
No, the libertarian folk hero is wrong, she does not 'hate' Muslims, most likely she just sees it as politically expedient to look that way.
Sorry Bachmann but Paul is right
Bachmann says she just loves Americans. If that is true then she should support ending our aid to foreign powers, and let them fend for themselves. Dr. Paul says he would end all foreign aid. That and severely cutting the defense budget is neded for us to really bring our debt in order. Only proposing to drastically reduce or end social programs that benefit Americans while still sending large amount of cash overseas is not loving Americans.
@CNN and particularly Wolf Blitzer: Why can't you ever call out peoples falsehoods. Like Bachmenn lieng about Iran getting a nuke in 3 months? Or like Bachmenn lieng by saying Iran said they will use said nukes to wipe isreal and US of the map. Those are blatent lies, and 50 years ago she would be scorned by the press for stirring up trouble. Now the MSM lets them say anything with out correcting them. It is no wonder the MSM is in an information war. It is no wonder why year after year people lay off conventional media and take on independant media. You should be appauld Blitzer, I think you're better than that.
Sounds like Ron Paul just told the truth about those two fear-mongering nutjobs.
Ron Paul 2012
Ron Paul has about as much chance of being the Republican nominee as Herman Cain did.