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. EddyL

    She also hates Jews and gays.

    December 18, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. Terry

    We need to get a Republican elected to the White House and then go after the WMD's in Iran. The WMD alert is what creates jobs and commerce. Get more young people into the military, and get the invasion team working. We need to be attacking a new country every four or five years. Our future is within the military approach to job creation. We need to be out there killing folks in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and maybe even Pakistan. Go GOP, put our young people to work. Halliburton thanks you for your support.

    December 18, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. Kevin

    Islam is a Satanic religion. Muslims deny Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. JESUS LOVES YOU!!! <3

    December 18, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. someone2009

    He is right I will vote for him period.

    December 18, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Good ol' Ron Paul. Favorite Repub for the Stoner.

    December 18, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. PressRonPaul

    Oh Boo Hoo Santorum and Bachmann, Your war mongering is so tired and Old. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Peace.

    December 18, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. can

    I am a Canadian and i believe only Ron paul will save your country & the world.

    December 18, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. Ron Paul 2012

    Ron Paul is a nightmare for Israel and the zionists. He is a threat to everything they have: their banking power through the Federal reserve, the massive US aid propping up their jewish supremacist state of Israel. Ron Paul will truly restore America to a sovereign republic, and the banksters and gangsters are going to be left out in the cold.

    December 18, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. GOP Hate America

    Bachman hates anyone that does not subscribe to her dumb fruity fairytale Christian beliefs

    December 18, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Jarhead

    Ron's the man!

    December 18, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. dontbow

    What in idot Paul is. Paul you mean go after the people who brought down the towers and the planes killing thousands of americans? Who yes were all muslim extremists. OH horrible that bush and the us would do such a thing. man we have some real stupid people in this country and they belong to the dumocratic party.

    December 18, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. dave

    The Co'ran tells us that all infidles shall be put to death. It would be in America's interest to deport all Muslims, including our president to keep this country safe.

    December 18, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. dontbow

    hey Paul your stupid and a moron. There are worse people in politics though and i'd still take you over obamya any day because at least you know we need to cut spending not increase it. Enjoy the hate.

    December 18, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  14. James Pfeiffer

    Bachmann hates gays, hates Muslims and pretty much justifies her crusades by flying under the banner of Christianity. Bachmann as president would by a little like giving a lit candle to a four year old child and have them be in charge of the 4th of July fireworks. This woman is bigotted, small minded, myopic, non-global thinking and just plain dumb. This dumbness manifests in the fact that she has no clue as to what she doesn't know and thus demonizes the "other". Unfortunately, she has a following of fearful, anti-intellectual sheep that propel her delusions forward. I we really this dumb?

    December 18, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  15. Wally

    Well if she really hates Muslims she's got MY vote!!!

    December 18, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. rs1201

    If Bachmann hates or dislikes muslims, then it's only fair to say that Ron Paul hates Jews, Israel and anything that has to do with Jewish issues. As an American Jew, I see him as an enemy of the American Jewish Community and Israel and as such he would not get a single vote from the American Jewish Community...and we vote and contribute to political he can kill goodbye Florida, PA, and Ohio.

    December 18, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. Whome

    Sounds like a very good reason to vote for her.

    December 18, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. dennis

    I don't like muslims, and I don't trust ANY of them. They don't want to be , or never will be AMERICANS!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Sadie Boyd

    Paul isn't my choice...but I will give him this: He is consistent. He is right about Michelle Bachman (but that is easy to see that she is running on a religious zealot spree that would turn us into Germany 60 years ago) and Santorium is of the same ilk. He is just naming them for what they are. I love him for going up against the military industrial complex...they are ruining this country...not the brave men and women, but the bottom feeders and contractors like Cheney.

    December 18, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Mujeeb

    LAdies and Gentlemen lets give this man 4 yrs and see what he can do for us. A principled man of integrity who speaks truth and is not a war mongerer is what this country needs.

    December 18, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Roy

    He's right on both of them. I wish someone would go after Santorum. Believe me, us Pennsylvanians absolutely hate him.

    December 18, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. Mac

    Ron Paul is the real American leader the founding fathers envisioned. He is honest, sees the world for it is. The other candidates are only sales people for special interests, ignorant lobbyists and the war industry who are blinded by the profit motive. I traveled the world and most of the countries including Iran are not anti American at all, they are too busy surviving day to day.There is a concerted effort in the US lobbying industry to find and make enemies to keep the mega war making industry humming.

    December 18, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. alsmeer1

    I do not like wars, we have had so many in other places. that said, I do know that Iran is out to wipe Israel off the map and try to destroy us. They already have a weapon – that if launced to American soil, we will go back to horse n buggy days. no electrical power, no cars, etc etc. etc.
    Talk ? Iran does not want to talk – at least not about peace.

    December 18, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. David C

    While I long ago stopped voting republican (and was a staunch republican at that time) I totally agree with Paul.Santorum, Bachmann and Perry are about as looney as they come. Unfortunately, they are the ones who get the votes every single time in the Republican party. Look at Texas. There is absolutely no sane reason why Hutchison is not the Governor of Texas right now. The only reason is the Tea Party (there is looney in its most pristine form).

    Pennsylvania threw Santorum out when they realized that he was looney and didn't do squat for them and now he thinks he can run for president. Bachmann is running for president and is going to have a really hard time keeping her seat in congress in the next election. The only people who are propping up these nuts are the extreme right wing of the Republican party. The sooner the Republican party abandons these people the sooner they get people like me back into their fold.

    December 18, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. gw

    Of course, he's right about Bachmann. She also just makes things up as she goes along. She' dangerous not only for the U.S. but the entire world.

    December 18, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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