(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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patrickt said it best. Read his post, it saves me from typing.
If I were in Iran and I heard the things that all of the GOP contenders, except for Paul, say about their plans for Iran I would insist that my government get working on a nuclear deterrent. They have all but said that the first thing that they would do is start a war.
I would never vote for Ron Paul because I think he is kooky on women's rights issues, international policy, monetary policy, etc. but I definitely have to hand it to him here – he is not afraid to say the truth about the really loathsome rhetoric that comes spewing out of the mouths of people like Bachmann.
Unfortunately, Ron Paul is dangerously clueless about the islamic jihad against us. We already have enough fantasy based policy making (islam is a religion of peace) going on by the last two presidents to elect a clown that hasnt the foggiest idea about the doctrines of war and subjugation within ilsam or how jihadis use those texts and teachings to justify islamic terror.
Ron Paul is not very stable or rational. I am not a Bachmann fan, If he would say that about her, what does he say about others who don't follow his odd thinking?
Well she's got my vote now
@ patrickt, well said, and thank you.
Bachmann must be getting her under the table money from Haliburton.
When Ron Paul warned America about the impending financial crisis, most political pundits, including his own party, thought he was crazy, nuts, and unorthodox. Now, in hindsight, everyone, especially the Republican party, is jumping on the bandwagon praising Ron for his ability to have foreseen this.
Ron Paul voted against the war on Iraq. He was accused of being an absolute pacifist and isolationist. 4,486 troops died. 32,226 wounded (20% seriously injured). We did not find any WMD. So again, Ron was right.
Now Ron Paul is cautioning against how we are handling Iran. And the mainstream politcal pundits are again at it...scoughing at him. They are saying again that he is crazy, nuts, and this time even dangerous. Can I say "Here we go again?"
Given Ron's track record vs. the mainstream pundits, I would trust what Ron has to say first.
Ron Paul is absolutely right. If we're not going to tell the truth, why even bother. You never have to wonder what Ron Paul is thinking. How refreshing!
Of course she doesn't want to go after them PERSONALLY. She means she would stay here, safe in an "undisclosed location", while young American soldiers risk their lives and do her killing for her. If we made our COMMANDERS stand at the front of the armies they deploy, there would be no war.
I've been one to like most of Mr Paul's positions in the past, but I think he's out to lunch on this particular issue. The idea that "muslims" are out to convert or enslave the world is not 'rhetoric'...it's the dogma, literally. Islam is an ideology, not a race; and while I think Ms. Bachman is not President material...it's disengenuous of Mr. Paul to try to portray her as a bigot. It panders to the mor0ns among us who don't comprehend that Islam is a moral code established by a mass-murdering pedophile arab warlord...which is something anyone with any 21st century ethics should publicly repudiate at every turn. I don't care if there are a billion+ muslims....it doesn't make their ideology "ok" simply because there are a lot of people inbred into the ideology and culture of mysogyny and graft that is Islam.
well sad patrickt
oops..well said patrickt
Well said Patrickt, couldn't agree with you more. This is someone who has been CONSISTANT with his views, and not just telling the sheeple want they want him to say. Alot of the changes he proposes seem dramatic & extreme, but when the challenges of the economy & the world ARE extreme & dramatic, it requires extreme & dramatic change. Ron Paul just makes bloody COMMON SENSE people. A term that comes to mind is " Don't try & take a splinter out of someone else's eye, when you have a PLANK in your own."
I wish more celebrities had the guts to wear a Ron Paul shirt. When 9/11 happened and the President then said we need to go after them and get them "over there" before they came here...it never sat right with me. Democrats, Ron Paul agrees on a lot of issues that you stand for. Hear him out.
She is not an electable person...period. Her lack of intellectual ability is obvious especially with her inaccurate statements and constant fear mongering just to stay relevant. How she gt elected in MN is baffling. At least her physco sister S. Palin was smart enough to not run. Bachmann is a sad pathetic individual who does not know when to quit...just ask Ed Rollins. He finally admitted that she is still re -school while the others attendvgraduation.
'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."'
Paul is right. While I have no love for Iran, they are run by theocratic nutjobs. But it is amazing that Bachmnan actually puts forth this LIE to the American public. That "quote" was debunked; the translation from persian is available to the public. The translation does not reference Israel, but refers to its regime, and the translation doesn't once mention anything about a map. His whining was about stopping Zionism.
This neocon thirst for blood and war has to end. If a candidate is resorting to lies, it cannot do America any good.
Ron Paul just had a $3.2million day...If he wants to spit some truth at that attack dog Bachman i'm happy to watch. She should have stopped while she was ahead with Gingrinch. Barkin up the wrong tree and got a smackdown now she can tuck it between her legs and bow out before that Truthmonger Ron Paul whoops her again.
Patrickt you post the same comments everywhere, there are so many of you little ronbots out there its beyond comprehension..Is it a collective thought maybe, cause you certainly didn't just pop that out, I looked at your stuff...
Very interesting that I read that the CNN truth squad found Ron Paul's statements about the IAEA to be true after the debate. So who do we believe, CNN or CNN? When we went into Iraq it was upon similar "intelligence" that they had a bomb and it was a "mistake". Then presidential candidates claimed we should keep our soldiers over there even though it was a mistake for their dignity. Soldiers came on Youtube, "dignity????? What about coming home with our lives". One candidate stood against that stance, any guesses.
What Ron Paul doesn't realise is that hating Muslims is one of the cornerstones of the Republican Party. The Conservatives can't seem to get the South to Rise Again but they sure as hell can try to relive the Holy Wars.
He would change the minute he is sworn in.. just like Obama!
you have to love her for that good principle.
"Of course I don't hate Muslims. That's an absolutely outrageous statement. What I love are Americans and the American people," Bachman said at a campaign stop in Iowa."
she loves the American People, as long as these people are not gays and as long as they are pro-life!