(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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Congressman Paul is the last true politician out there ,he says whats on his mind not what will gain votes even if you dissagree with his policies (which i do not).Congress needs and few hundred more like him.
Why does the media keep allowing the "wipe Israel off the map" lie to persist! It was NEVER SAID! http://antiwar.com/orig/norouzi.php?articleid=11025
RON PAUL 2012
Bachmann says she is stating the facts. FACT is: She was found by "political" to be the most un-factual of the entire bunch. She just spouts off like it is the truth with no idea whether it is or not. Not presidential by any means.
Ron Paul calls things as he sees them & his candidness is refreshing, if maybe a bit naive. Bachmann's ignorance is magnificent.
Finally, someone tells the truth. 567,000 children are dead in Iraq due to NATO sanctions. But the US says it is exceptional and will never apologize and never does anything wrong. 567,000 children are dead because a nation believes it is always right.
She isn't the only one that hates the religion of death.
She not only hates muslims, she and her right wing friends hate folks of color period. Not to mention poor folks. If its up to the one percenters who the right wing idolize, america will look like India before to long.
The Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves with the extent to which religion has become an issue in this campaign. Whether you believe the US was founded as a "Christian" nation or not, I'm sure we can all agree the founders never intended for religion to be a litmus test for a candidate.
the boos were for bachmann not paul
It's time we stop letting politicians use our young Soldiers and Sailors as their personal human shields.
MICHELE BACHMANN 2012 !!! If only Sarah would team up with Michele we could have ourselves an unbeatable ticket.
I was going to vote for Newt, Im on bored with Ron Paul now. I will not support another misguided war in the middle east.
He speaks the truth, I may consider my vote, even I am democrat!
How many of the warmongers served in the military when they were young & had the chance? Why weren't they out killing the commies in Viet Nam if they hated them so much?
Correction – extremely dislikes.
As usual, Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate telling the truth. Closed-minded is a much too broad and generous description for Bachmann, who lives completely encased in a bubble of her own making.
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????
chris welch you are a lier and a deceiver
number one those statements paul said on leno show were jokes, he was imitating perry when perry actually said a dumb statement like those in an actual debate
you are a disgrace to journalism and to cnn
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.
YEa right Iran is SoOOOo close to building a nuclear weapon. oh wait.. didnt they say that last year? and the year before last? and the year before that? and the year before that? and the.. well you get my point.
And Paul has strong KKK connections. .... And that is somehow different?
Paul is a crank. But if he messes around with GOPers – GO TO IT!
Bachman is nothing but a loser. She is full of hate and bull. She know that ugly freaks like her will not be elected.
All Paul said iLeno's is true; however, the comments about the other GOP candidates were made in a comedic tone, and should be put in this context.
This is one of the many reasons why I like Ron Paul. He doesn't sound or act like the rest of the GOP robots on stage. They all sounds scripted, except for Paul. His message comes from the heart and it's a message that I believe resonates with alot of people. I'm tired of the fighting between Democrats and Republicans and I'm hoping he can bring the nation together. Great interview last night Dr. Paul.
ron paul and his idealogy reminds me of mikhail gorbachev and perestroika.
US needs to do what the soviets did back then, US simply cant continue being the world police force till bankrupcy.