Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims
December 17th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
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Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims

(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.

Also see:

Gingrich 'editing' his words as campaign acknowledges concern

Bachmann camp: Gingrich morphs positions based on 'who's paying'

Perry moving staff to Iowa

Filed under: 2012 • Iran • Jay Leno • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    As a life long Democrat, I may be a little bit biased, but I think he is right on the money. He has been so on the money that I'd probably vote for him over Obama if given a choice between the two. I

    Obama ran as an anti-war candidate and has been anything but, violating American and international law in the process. The news cycle regarding Iran is eerily similar to that which preceeded the war in Iraq. I want a President who sticks to his guns and Ron Paul has proven that he'll do that.

    And its clear from watching the debates that the other candidates are filled with hate and can't wait to get their filthy hands on Middle Eastern resources. The media has portrayed RP supporters as loons. The clowns on stage with Paul are the "loons." Psychopaths hell-bent on destruction-all of them.

    December 17, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. lol

    The way everyone says non interventionism is like a dirty word being discretely whispered. Last time I checked, The USA was a democratic Republic, not an empire that that refuses to call itself that.

    Ron Paul is not advocating pre World War Two isolationism. He wants America to return to that old image of being the beacon of the free world, the place where the displaced could legally migrate too. Why would you ever want to maintain that world policeman image, who is known to hands guns over to bad people, in order suppress people with a different ideology (IE Central and South America) or fight a then current enemy (IE: Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq)

    If any other nation did what we were doing, The USA would be the first to speak up to complain, or spread freedom and democracy to the offending nation through Smart Bombs, UAV's and MacDonalds. A nation founded with good intentions has now become a nation where hypocrisy is the word.

    December 17, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. manbearpig

    in other news the sky is blue

    December 17, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Biff Omney

    It's obvious that the Republican base hates Muslims and gays. Paul could've called out Rick Perry on this too.

    December 17, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Me

    That's the truff, truff!! This chick is a nut job!!

    December 17, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Enzo

    HAHA, finally a candidate that states the truth for once.

    I'm seriously considering him at this point...

    December 17, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. blake

    It appears that the GOP presidential candidates have forgotton who their opponent is - not each other, it is Obama and the Democratic party. They are playing the fool right now in attacking each other. STOP it! Obama is such an easy target.

    December 17, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Richard

    Way to go. Where were you all this while Ron Paul! Get this man elected in the name of world peace.

    December 17, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Greg C.

    Ron Paul is the quickest ticket to a Nuclear Holocaust. Anyone thinks that Iran wouldn't seek to lob nukes toward Israel and then toward the U.S., has sniffed way too much glue.

    December 17, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Ron Paul's comment is just another example of the sad state of our society. Now, when you disagree with someone or a group of people, it's called hate.

    December 17, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. MMM

    She also hates gays

    December 17, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. SciGuy

    It is high time that true conservatives take the warmongering neocons (pardon my redundancy) to task for their foolishly dangerous posturings toward Iran.

    December 17, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Mario U

    Pretty much nobody that I know wants war or likes current US foreign policy. Yet, I do know a couple of people, who would take Bachman's position. I encourage everybody to do the research on their own before jumping to conclusions. I did not vote for Ron Paul in 2008, and there are certain things where I would like to dispute him. However, he is a seasoned politician and once you start analyzing his position you keep finding situations, where he really is not taking any position such as, for example pro-choice or pro-life. In aggregate, I am about to conclude that I will be supporting Ron Paul in 2012, especialy after hearing what from war thirsty Michele Bachman. She is a charming and attractive politician, but she is not the presidential caliber.

    Diplomacy-first approach is primary reason why my choice is Ron Paul.

    December 17, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. kat

    Like my Mom always said... There's no Fool, like an old Fool. Ron Paul matches that perfectly.

    December 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. bachkiller

    Bachmann is a bigot who hates everyone who isn't white and rich. I live near this woman and throughout the time she has lived here, she has had police officers at her house for domestic disturbance calls. One of the time she was messing around with a young neighbor kid who was 17, she runs from the house chasing this kid in nothing but a bathrobe. Her husband showed up and got in his face. He was later arrested.

    December 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Mike Sk

    I lean democrat but Paul is exactly right. The rush to war with Iran for most of the GOP seems to me more evidence of some
    kinda neo con plan for control of mid east oil. If Iran has a bomb you really think that are stupid enough to use it....if they did they would wiped out in 5 seconds.....

    December 17, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Nick-o

    At least he is on the better side of the foreign policy and civil rights argument. On the other hand, he would try to dismantle the government and several of the many good things that Democrats have fought and strived to preserve. We can't let corporations and special interests with their newfound free speech walk over our government. Ron Paul is wreckless and misguided on so many levels. Democrats do it better.

    December 17, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. cobra

    Paul is a nut case.

    December 17, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Matthew in Minneapolis

    If Ron Paul were a magic-8 ball. He'd be saying "all signs point to yes"

    December 17, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. NoGr8rH8r

    Being Muslim is the same as being Christian, Jewish, Etc. ! (Followers believing man made nonsense) What a waste of mankind's time.

    December 17, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. vivian

    Ron Paul is dead on on this issue, as well as pot laws and raw milk. He would be a TERRIBLE PRESIDENT. Don't vote for Paul,. He would get zero done, his economic ideas are so far right radical that it would be a catastrophe.

    December 17, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Mike in Houston

    I don't agree with Ron Paul on most political issues (I don't believe Libertarianism will work), but I respect the man. You can bet that what he says is what he means and he sticks by it. Not a hypocrite unlike most of the others.

    December 17, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. telrider

    It doesn't matter, she is a history anyway.

    December 17, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Wind

    Ron Paul is right, there is way to much war mongering. M. Bachman needs to understand that there are other options other than war. The way she acts towards Muslims does heavily suggest she hates them. Shoot 60 yrs ago she'd be the one running and hating on African Americans.

    December 17, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. PorkNBeans

    Can't vote for him, but dang it, he's right again.

    December 17, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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