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. freyja

    I would've considered voting for him, but he's almost fanatically anti-abortion. Apparently, the government should stay out of the lives of its citizens, but not out of a woman's uterus.

    December 18, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  2. phelonius_munk

    although i can't imagine ever voting for him, i will admit that Paul is the ONLY republican candidate that has a backbone and although i can't agree with all of his rhetoric, at least he stands by his words (most of which are neither insane nor hateful unlike the "religious right"). too bad he will never have a shot at the nomination, the right has moved so far right that an extremely conservative candidate like him now looks like a democrat.

    December 18, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  3. barack o'soros

    Paul's an anti semitic troll.

    December 18, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Truthhurts

    Huh? This man is insane.. He is the same person who blamed 9/11 on America's policies.. What a joke. Anyone who votes for him is blind and gullible..

    December 18, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. jimw

    Michelle Bachmann hates anyone who doesn't see the world through her lens'. She, Santorum and Perry are all trying to impose their conservative christian views on the entire country. They are the Taliban of the US.

    December 18, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. RL Turn

    He was only joking; kinda of. It was a joke, but what makes it funny is there's more than a half truth to it when talking about Bachman or Santorum.
    The rest of the GOP field just seems to happy to start ANOTHER war with a Muslim country. Pretty hard to say the US isn't restarting the Crusades if we go into Iran.

    December 18, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  7. Fred

    Ron Paul is on the money. Don't people understand that there is no actual evidence that Iran has been developing nuclear warheads? Why is Bachmann so willing to sacrifice the lives of American soldiers over the "chance" that Iran may have a WMD..... Did she not understand that that kind of war propaganda led us to the pointless Iraq war in 2003? Iran is not run by a bunch of suicidal lunatics!!!! It's run by powerful people who WANT to stay in power. It's called self preservation. The rulers know that launching a missle would be the end of them, so they won't. The republicans better change their war mongering policies if they want any shot at winning the election, because the American public will not elect a pro-war president.

    December 18, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. firewall

    Ron Paul 2012!!!!!

    December 18, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. diru

    Someone had to say it, though.

    December 18, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. ArooMadazda

    Come on Michelle, weren't there "credible reports" of WMD in Iraq? How'd that work out?

    December 18, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. true republican

    Its about time true Republicans rise up like Ron Paul and win our party back from these wolves in sheep clothes and do what is right for America.

    Thank you Ron Paul for always telling it like it is.

    December 18, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Reagan80

    This guy really is crazy. He wants to lay the country prostrate before its enemies and no one will call him on it. The Democrats agree with him and the Republicans know he's crazy and don't want to get involved. He makes the wildest unfounded accusations he can think of and people just smile. There's a thing in American politics where an aura develops around the idiot du jour who attracts the votes of the young and naive: Obama, Clinton (Bill), Dukakis, Carter, McGovern, they all had it. Now the current nut is Paul and the kiddies think he's the greatest.

    December 18, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  13. dadarkknight

    Read this ten times
    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."

    how does this in anyway connect to each other, not saying the iranian leader is correct but wrong for wanting to annihilate a whole population. but rather my point is how can you link his comments to your love for america, love america because of the opportunities and freedoms we have. we have all the natural resources anyone could ask for in a clean environment.

    December 18, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. carlooos

    I think its pretty obvious that she hates just about anyone who isnt a white christian

    December 18, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. jack

    patrickt, let's see which idiotic statement to reply on." And even if they could, it would only ensure that their entire country gets wiped off the map and turned into a parking lot" So basically you're willing to be hit first, then retialiate, correct? "All of this talk about Iran being a threat is like saying a pre-school child is a threat to a high school senior" This goes along with BO comments, Iran is a tiny country, ay.

    December 18, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  16. dina

    I dont agree with a lot of what Paul Rand says but at least he speaks the truth about most things. I don't think I could vote for him but he is the best candidate to date except Huntsman. They would make a good team But then I am a Democrat and like it or not, flawed or not, I still think Obama has more interest in the middle class than the republican party so he gets my vote.These republicans are just so desparate to be nominated, it shows so much in their comments. Gingrich is unethical, Romney is constantly chaning his opinions, Santorum is out of touch with reality, Bachman needs to go back and stay in Minnesota.Lets hope she is not re elected. Perry is just plain stupid.They are ridicuous.

    December 18, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  17. papafritz57

    Paul speaks from knowledge as a former military member. The neocons are all cowards who kept themselves out of the military with their father's powerful influences. Bachmann is a born again idiot and I doubt anyone outside the handful who love her in Iowa, would even think to vote for this poorly educated mannequin who thinks way too highly of herself. It would be nice if she had spent her time representing the people of Minnesota instead of two years of campaigning for herself. Why is she accepting her salary and benefits when she is doing none of her duties of office? Someone should tell her there are many countries who have nuclear weaponry and several are our former enemies, and maybe still our enemies. What is she going to do as President go to war with the world?

    December 18, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  18. Sean

    The parallels between the those in Congress and the Nazi's is absolutely mind numbing. Both told their people that they were under attack, and both used it as an excuse to orchestrate the deaths of innocent people, all under the banner of self defense and freedom. People such as Romney and Bachmann still do this. As an economist, I can tell you that these are just economic strategies. Bombing countries results in profits, and these are profits not for the ordinary American but for corporations, banks, and all the large companies. The poor and the average tax payer are left to pay these taxes to fight the war, when in reality it's just the governments way of subsidizing the contractors, the American military industrial complex. This is the same reason we give money to countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Israel. They use it to buy weapons from us. Americans must wake up and realize this has to be stopped.

    December 18, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  19. Carol

    Yet again Ron Paul spewing his hatred.

    December 18, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. BinMesa

    Ron Paul is almost correct – Bachmann hates everyone who is not an extreme right wing conservative (christian).

    December 18, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  21. Dan

    I say we just get rid of some of these leaders. No matter how much the people want to change, there are some countries that it is impossible for these people to see change with the current leaders in place. I am all for tactical strikes, war if need be, or other means to rid the world of threats that can and will destroy the fabric of the planet...Kill them I say!

    December 18, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  22. Yawn

    Oh, she hates everybody. I can't believe a zealot like her is still in the race.

    December 18, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  23. Rick

    The thing is Bachmann and all the Neo Cons running and the people supporting them dont know what war is. Period. If are American media actually showed us images on the news of the death, blood, and destruction of war like Walter Cronkite would show us during the Vietnam war "no" american would support war. I would be careful to support war with Iran because the last thing we need is war with Iran, China, and Russia. This would trigger world war 3. God Bless Us.

    December 18, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. Keith

    You really are blind and ignorant if you do not vote for Ron Paul. Wake up America. 1933 Germany is here and it wont stop going unless we get somebody that can stop it. Do you research. The internet is the last free source of information.

    December 18, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  25. RoseCD

    this man is sick! I won't vote for him! He is nothing but anti-America. According to Paul everything that happens to the U.S. is their own fault. The Muslims have hated America forever and they want to do to the U.S. like they have to done to London, England. And if Paul was president, he would let them just like Obama is letting them. All you have to do is read Melanie Philips book on what is happening in London to see what will happen here.
    And how can Paul point his finger at Bachmann when it has been proven that he hates blacks?

    December 18, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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