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. Milton K. Wiah

    Two things that are not on the side of Ron Paul: Age and to cut foreign aids to all countries including the Jewish State.
    If you want to be president of the United States, whether the Jewish State is doing what many consider bad, you
    should always side with them. I do not know what it is but it is been so in American politics. Support for the Jewish
    State no matter what. Ron Paul is bold and brave. Someone like him could do great things for America.

    December 18, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  2. The Other Dale

    We all know Bachmann is crazy, Paul. There's no need to get all paranoid and put words into her mouth.

    Eh, typical kneejerk response from Paul though. His answer to everything is "I'm great, everyone else is stupid and even though none of my rose-colored-glasses ideas will ever work in a real world, I'm the only one that can save the planet!"

    You expect Christopher Walken to wake up from a coma every time Paul speaks.

    No matter what his seven followers may think, Paul is not going to win in Iowa and is never going to get the nomination. There's too many sane people around for that to happen.

    December 18, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  3. Elvis Cottrill

    Why is the one guy who tells the truth the one regarded as the kook?

    December 18, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  4. armysquirrel

    Why don't the moderate and conservatives democrats that are still out there get behind Paul. Just chalk up obama as a failed progressive experiments and don't make it again. otherwise you are gonna end up with another bush.

    December 18, 2011 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  5. Anonymous

    What this beady eyed bomber loves is Americans that pay their taxes to a group of PRIVATE BANKERS that took control of the American people during the Christmas holidays of 1913. She was an IRS attack dog for the same private banking cartel that are bankrupting us and the entire world forcing us into slavery. Do you believe she has suddenly changed her tune? Ask her or any candidate other than Paul and they will all look at you stone faced and say, they (The Federal Reserve/IRS are the good guys! Really?

    December 18, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  6. rubio4u2001

    Michelle Bachmann.... a former IRS attack dog who believe the federal reserve are a group of good guys with good intentions. Really? Do we really want to continue believing these lies???

    December 18, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  7. adampeart

    Weird. Only 8 comments have been posted on this article which has been seen by thousands of Paul supporters in the last 12-14 hours? That's odd. Not to mention his objectors.

    December 18, 2011 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  8. Brad Edgar

    Well said Patrick.

    December 18, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  9. Thinker23

    A question to all those who agree with Ron Paul: How will Mr. Paul solve the crisis that will inevitably result from a nuclear war in the Middle East that will make the richest oil fields on the planet inaccessible for many centuries? Allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons will result in such war because Iranian leaders will be pressed by their populace and the Arab states to make true of their promises to destroy Israel and Israel will not sit idle waiting to be nuked. Ask Mr. Paul this question please...

    December 18, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  10. joey.s

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    December 18, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  11. Philabias

    Muslims are the enemy and if she hates those who hate and want to kill her , that makes her a much better canaddate than paul. The US has the biggest war in history comeing and the muslims are the enemy,( Just reaad the quran) . And somehow america was stupid enough to elect there enemy as there leader. never mind america doesnt stand a chance, the floride in the water has created a country of cowards and dullards

    December 18, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  12. Nametshelby001

    Ron.paul should join the circus

    December 18, 2011 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  13. douglas james

    Don't we all just love politics?

    December 18, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  14. Jersey George

    Consistent and steady Romney always agrees on both sides of an issue. Hey, someone hand me the latest conservative poll on Iran so I can make a public statement.

    December 18, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  15. Thinker23

    I've read all comments in this threat and, interestingly enough, NOT A SINGLE ONE addressed the issue, the possible results of a nuclear Iran and the ways to deal with these results. It's pretty sad, to say the least. The truth is that Iran DID threaten to attack Israel and that Iran IS developing nuclear weapons. The truth is that Israel can not and will not sit idle waiting to be nuked. The truth is that Israel does not have strategic bombers, aircraft carriers and millions of troops and, therefore, its means to prevent an Iranian attack are pretty limited. The truth is that a nuclear war in the Middle East will, probably, result in millions of casualties and will make the largest oil fields on the planet unaccessible for many centuries throwing the world economy into a crisis of epic proportions. Now please feel free to ask Ron Paul about the ways he, as a President, is planning to deal with it.

    December 18, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  16. anon-i-mouse

    Most of what Ron Paul says, I find outrageous and comical. However, not wanting to run into a war with Iran like the other GOP contenders want to do is the first truly comforting thing I've heard anyone from the pack say. While Iran shouldn't be ignored, we don't need to rush into another war that will have no end and cost thousands more lives.

    December 18, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  17. OrangeW3dge

    Too bad they won't nominate this man...

    December 18, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  18. Dean Hoffman

    Of course, Ron Paul is right! Alas, we'll probably look back in 25-30 years and ask ourselves, 'Why didn't we listen to this guy?" Bachmann and most of the other Republicans are warmongers who are just itchin' to bomb Iran. If you liked the Iraq war and thought it was worth the trillions in taxpayer dollars and tens of thousands of deaths, then you're gonna love a war with Iran--three times the size. All the Republicans are so busy currying favor with Israel that they try to outflank each other to the right--and they're all nutcases. To me it's either Ron Paul or Obama in 2012-I don't trust the others.

    December 18, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  19. jim

    She hates Obama. Hmm.

    December 18, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. Will

    Why is it that all western news outlets leave the word Israel out of the quotations when relaying the whole "wiped off the map" quote? I believe he actually said the zionist regime needed to be wiped off the map. That is open for interpretation. Many Israeli's and Jewish people around the word do not consider themselves zionist, they are actually against zionism.

    December 18, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  21. Clwyd

    What do you expect from this crazy lady!

    December 18, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  22. Al in Jamaica

    @Patrickt. Very well put. Nobody gets to use a nuclear weapon except as a deterrent. I fail to see Iran as a direct threat to our security. I have know many Iranians. They are as normal and peace loving as us. We should not be blinded by their current leadership. That would be like saying that all Americans think and act like Mr Newt. (or worse yet Miss Sarah.....)

    December 18, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Joe

    Rep. Paul, you need to adjust your tactics. After your statement Bachmann's support with likely primary voters went up 3%.

    December 18, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  24. Travis

    Ron Paul all the way!

    December 18, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  25. jtrain814

    Ron Paul made these statements in a joking manner when impromptu questions came from Jay Leno about each candidate. Each description was made in a tongue and cheek way and should not have been taken seriously. He was on JAY LENO not with a serious reporter.

    December 18, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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