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. flarnkingsgargle

    Ron Paul is the most knowledgeable, patient, intelligent and honest candidate. That's why he will never win the nomination of the GOP.

    December 18, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  2. jerry berry

    Infidels!!! Jihadists won't tolerate that

    December 18, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  3. Cardog

    And you had to be told this? Michelle Bachmann is the biggest phony of the 7 clowns running.

    December 18, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  4. salman

    I saw this coming after that video I saw in 2008 when Bachmann said 'Not all cultures are equal'.

    December 18, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  5. brian

    i watched the interview, it was pretty fun. i didn't think much about his answers concerning bachmann or santorum at the time but of course they'll attempt to deny it even though it's obviously TRUE... If you haven't seen the interview check for it on youtube.. Paul is awesome.

    December 18, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  6. al

    she also hates hispanics.

    December 18, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  7. Edwin

    Just because he correctly sees his GOP rivals as poor choices for president does not mean Paul is a good choice.

    December 18, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. Dave

    It's time the republican party coalesce around the one candidate who can attract independents. Gingrich is unstable and will never get the independent vote (and Obama knows it) and while Paul speaks the truth on most issues the general populace will never go for him. That leaves one guy and that guy also happens to be the most likely to be able to repair this joke of an economy, Romney. If heaven help us Gingrich gets the nomination, we've got a guaranteed 4 more years of Obama and 4 more years of a junk economy.

    December 18, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  9. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Saying that she is a bigot is a bad idea. Not because she isn't a bigot, she may well be one. Her actions and retoric appeart to support that conclusion, even though she claims she is not. The problem is that saying she hates one group or another allows her to claim the high moral ground. Somewhat akin to Gingriche's claim to fidelity after a long history as a serial womanizer. This will backfire on Ron Paul.
    Even though, if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and sounds like a duck, Ron would not be incorrect to call it a duck.
    Lotta ducks among the Republican frontrunners.

    December 18, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  10. And who does?

    So tell us, what is there to love about muslims? They are causing turmoil and death throughout the world.

    December 18, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  11. Aaron

    It's funny how during the debate her first concern was for Israel. Do all these war mongering politicians think Iran is dumb? I'm PRETTY sure Israel and their 75-400 nukes can protect them from Iran.

    December 18, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  12. Logic in LA

    She hates everyone that doesn't think exactly like her. Miss- "My entire life has been a government subsidy but no one else should get them" is a hypocrite and should be made to find a new profession.

    December 18, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  13. Chigkuch

    Raun Paul is the only credible candidate that can save American from its internal enemies. He knows the truth, and he deeply cares about his country. But, I can assure with absolute certainty that he will never be elected to office, because his ideas and his philosophy goes against every the establishment represents. It is virtually impossible to bring down the old guards the current electrol system.

    December 18, 2011 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  14. hey you

    Ron Paul has my vote so far if you guys want to be taxed up the popper vote for Mitt Romney he messed up massachussettes with taxes vehicle regulations health insurance regulations you name it hes done it. Ginrich same story the media wants to sway our votes to Ginrinch say no to Ginrich say yes to anyone else.

    December 18, 2011 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  15. Mario Mano

    Michele Bachmann was very loose with her facts in the debate. She claimed in the debate that IAEA said Iran is "literally months away from developing a nuclear weapon". IAEA said no such thing. Politifact has completely discredited Michele Bachmann's claim.
    Any attack on Iran would immediately take Oil to $300/barrel and $10/gallon gasoline. It would most definitely push Euro zone over the edge and would collapse it. American economy won't be far behind in it's collapse. Iran has very close friends in China and Russia. The last I checked, China is our creditor nation. I would respectfully submit to NeoCon Republicans that they should stop their mentally deficient talk about attacking Iran at this time.

    December 18, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  16. SCOTT

    Bachman never said she hated Muslims she just wants to bomb them using good old fashioned compassionate conservatism.

    December 18, 2011 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  17. Brian

    You don't have to spend more than 5 minutes doing research on the web to find out that Bachmann doesn't know the truth if it came up and slapped her in the face...

    December 18, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  18. Gravey

    Nothing but the truth from Ron Paul as always. The rest of them only want war after war to continue the repeat in history. Stop being the world police America and clean up your own mess in your own country! No reason for Bachmann to lie, if she hates Muslims it wouldn't surprise me, a lot of Americans do and swear Muslims are ruining the world well here's a newsflash, Christian America has ruined the world economically, spiritually, and morally. Ron Paul for President!

    December 18, 2011 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  19. skarphace

    On one hand, Paul is right: Bachmann is making broad assumptions about all Muslims when she says things like 'they want to create a worldwide celiphate'. This is very discriminatory, even if it is just one of many Tea Party talking points.

    On the other hand, Bachmann and Santorum are not the two I want Paul to see getting in debates with about policy. I would like to see Paul concentrate his efforts on the two other frontrunners.

    December 18, 2011 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  20. John MI

    He's absolutely right. Let's call him a kook, ignore him, and go to war with Iran. YAY!

    December 18, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  21. lilbluepill

    yeppers, most staunch conservatives or tea party viewpoints, hates gays, muslims, and anyone who have a different ideals than themselves...if one really looks at them, they are all spewing the same things that the extremists in that part of the world is if your not a well off, white evangelical/protestant christian...why would you even vote for people who actually want to repress you and your viewpoints? sounds pretty "unamerican" to me!

    December 18, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  22. Qev

    "She added: "We would be fools and knaves to ignore their purpose and their plan.""

    If I'm not mistaken, (and I'm not) the word 'knave' is an Old English term for 'thief', and has no other meaning than that. Who is this woman, and why is she wasting our time.

    December 18, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  23. mac

    Ron Paul is the ONLY republican candidate this time around I would ever even consider voting for. the morons on the christian right are going to lose this election to obama handily because they are going to vote for some idiot conservative purist. just look at the field of republican candidates this time around, its pitiful!

    December 18, 2011 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  24. Hayden

    Ron Paul 20121

    December 18, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  25. Jason S

    It's quite obvious she does.

    December 18, 2011 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
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