(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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Why do the republicans attract such ignorant bimbos?
Bachman hates muslims. So how is that bad? rp is a mouthpiece of the muslim brotherhood and cair. So stuff it rp.
That male candidate who has initials rp is an extreme left liberal in regards to his stance on our nation's security and, with a stance like that he is completely useless to us.
Truth be told, both Paul and Bachmann are so full of fruit they could cure scurvy if scurvy was still around. But a good pirate "Arrrrrg!" to both of them. Bless their hearts.
If you want to drive America deeper in debt with another MEANINGLESS WAR vote for anyone but Ron Paul.
Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to relive it.
I don't think Paul has really grappled with the difficult questions dealing with creating a functioning society (no, you don't let uninsured children die) but he's got a point. Bachmann is not an intelligent person, and maligning the people who are part of the Muslim faith and culture is wrong.
Paul is right about Bachman and Santourum. However, The Red Neck Party, including Paul is very bad for America.
And what is Ron Paul's position on Muslims?
She does not. I believe muslims have agendas according the violent falso prophet Muamad.Read the Koran.We do not need people like that in USA or in the Western World. they are anti-democratic,promote sharia ideology and disrespect fundamental human rights.Keep them out of western nations and keep secret service watching them and their musks.
What I like about Ron Paul is that he is fighting for me...the responsible hard working tax payer that wants the theft to stop. This whole system where we steal from those that work (in the form of income tax) and give it to those that lobby govt to which they give a portion of that money goes back to prop up candidates that keep the circle of money flowing from you to them...THIS HAS TO STOP!
That is why I am giving what money I do have left after it has been taxed over to Ron Paul's campaign because at least there is a hope that my future earnings will stay with me instead of going to some "too big to fail" Executive who gets awarded for bankrupting his / her company.
Vote Ron Paul 2012 and 2016!
"Knave" means a tricky, deceitful person. How does it make us tricky and deceitful to ignore Iran? She's such a moron.
"Knave" means a tricky, deceitful person. How does it make us tricky and deceitful to ignore Iran? She's so s t u p i d she can't even speak properly.
Of course she does....she's a racist. Big time .
Liberals seem to like Paul. It makes sense if you think about it. He's an absolute lunatic, which makes for a perfect match for them.
Ron Paul is nutty as a fruitcake. But admittedly, some nutty people are likable. To eliminate taxes and legalize drugs is a little too radical for me. I don't like to pay taxes but realize I do get some value for the investment. I'm glad we have a strong military but we certainly need more judicious use of it. I don't think we can be the policeman of the world nor can we change all nations into little democracies.
Of course Michelle Bachmann hates Muslim..after all we we know she is pro-Israel. Didn't she spend time working on kibbutz Be'eri in Israel?
What she really meant to say was:"As Commander-in-Chief I will stand for the safety and security of the Israeli people." She is either that incredibly intellectually bankrupt or an absolute puppet of the ultra-powerful Jewish-American lobby. I am banking on the former (that would be the first one if you are reading this Michele.) If the Iranians really hated us for what we stand for it would be unjust wars targeting Muslims, supporting Israel's slaughter of Lebanese and Palestinians, and endless provocation and violation of their sovereignty. Why AREN'T they killing Swiss and Swedes? They stand for liberty just as we do. NO MORE MORONS, PLEASE! NO MORE SENSELESS WARS! It is NOT our right to tell the rest of the world what t do and what to believe.
I'm particularly enjoying watching the Republicans implode this year.
I really think Bachmann meant naive instead of knave. It makes more sense in the context of her statement. i think she is a good person who wants to serve her country. She is guided rather rigidly by her beliefs and principles.
I think Ron Paul is right. Intervening in other country's affairs for decades has not made us many friends, and clearly not safer. Why are so many people afraid to hear this man out?!! The same whiners that complain how Bush was the antichrist and got us in all this trouble elected a guy who is basically continuing his policies. When will people wake up and realize that unless we shake things up this country will never change and ultimately fail. The grand experiment ended long ago, and the snide comments about the one politician trying to bring it back are testament to how brainwashed Americans really are.
That Michele Bachman, she's got a lot of chutzpah!
Ron Paul is another nut case not to vote for.
Look at it from the muslim point of view. They should have extreme dislike for Christians because their insulting the creator, by saying that HE came in the form of a human being. The greatness of the creator cannot be contained in our universes, let alone in a human. But they tolerate christians, and christians should do the same.
Saying a candidate hates muslims is not considered a negative among republicans...