(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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Dr. Paul may be right, but there is no money in peace. The real short term profits are in military programs, which we can control, unlike consumer products. WWII helped us get out of the depression and military spending will save America now. And the only way to get that by the US people is to raise the awareness of the threats from abroad.
it is a dream of all people who dislike american policies to have michelle bachman elected into the office to fff- this country into oblivion.
Why should anyone be shocked/amazed/bewildered at anything Michelle has to say? The woman is a card carrying idiot.
Bombs are "tough love".
And Ahmadinejad never said he wanted to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth". He just never said it. It's propaganda.
Hmmmm....that's not very christian of her, now is it?
What a moron he is. If you want to start talking about acts of war, how about starting with the Iran-sponsored bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, the capture and torture of the Beirut CIA station chief by Iranian-backed Hezbollah and the supply of IEDs into Iraq to kill US soldiers - or why not go all the way back to the seizure of the US diplomats in 1979. Iran has already declared war on the US and has actively pursued that war; we just haven't acknowledged it and gotten in the game yet - and if we let Iran get nukes, the game will be over before we do engage. And seriously, does anyone really believe Iran is not trying to develop nukes? Ron Paul might be right on on the fiscal issues, but he's a complete idiot on the foreign policy issues.
The best reason to vote against the GOP is that those warmongers will surely start another war and kill thousands of OTHER PEOPLES KIDS and wound multi thousands and further bankrupt the country.
she does hate muslims.but,she is very valuable to muslims,she can ruin america better than al-qaida.
Perhaps next week Mr. Paul will make the outlandish claims that the sky is blue and the Pope is a Catholic.
Seriously, let's all stop the craziness....really Hate's Muslims? Talk about over generalization....Ron Paul you should be ashamed of yourself
Dr Paul and I are very different on a number of issues, but I would lose arguing against his debated comments about our fighting / occupying and provocation in the Middle East. He ripped Bachmann a new one. She was out and out lying and he smoked her monkey a$$. He proudly served in the military and is obviously not a hawk or warmonger. He was incredibly knowledgeable and reasonable in defense of his points.
All that whining about the drone. What are you going to do? It's a spy. Iran arrested the spy. What, you're gonna slap'em with military might? Would we give back theirs? No!! these are some of the stupidest jokers since the last set running. You should remember that dynamic duo.
Muslims are just one group of people Michelle Bachman hates, yet she smiles and says she loves Americans.
Ron Paul does not comprehend that most every countriy (including many Muslim nations) want to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. He seems to have conveniently forgot to mention ithat Iran's taking of hostages at the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979 was an act of war, much more than today's economic sanctions.
Haha! Brilliant!! Hey Bachmann Ron Paul was against invading Iraq too, which decision was more "dangerous"?
AND CNN, STOP misquoting that quote. You know you are doing it and it's propoganda and it discredits you because we know the truth. He never said "wipe Israel from the map of the world". That is an outright lie! At least get the quote right.
Ron Paul 2012!!!
Please, she hates anyone who isn't uneducated, white, rich, hetero or a xtian zealot.
She's never tried to hide it.
Add gays and immigrants to the Bachmann hate list.
Ron Pauls truth is exploding my brains.
Both of these folks have no chance. The desperation has begun to set in and the mud will fly.
Bachmann is probably the most unqualified, except for maybe Santorum.
Paul is a HUGE danger for World peace and security.
Vote for Ron Paul who will be 77 years old on election day and that will indeed be a vote for Obama.... President Paul would be taking many naps each day while America is attacked
Both have no chance. Desperation has begun to set in.
MB is probably the most unqualified, 'cept for maybe Santorum.
RP is a HUGE danger for world peace and security.
All republicans seem to hate everyone except themselves, with the Christians among them being the most radically violent in their condemnations.
How sad for them.
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Both = no chance. Desperation has begu*n to set in.
MB is probably the most unqualified, 'cept for maybe Santorum.
RP is a HUGE da*nger for world pe *a*ce and s*ec*urit*y.
And Paul hates the working class.
This was masterful. He now owns the narrative here. "You support a war in Iran? What are ya, some sort of wild, irrational racist?"