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. Dieter Zerressen

    She hates everybody except maybe Christian right wing conservative neo-con rich people. Just like Jesus, I believe.

    December 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. The Mendicant Bias

    I don't see what he said that was wrong...he's calling them as he seems them, and I like a straight-talker.

    December 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Owen

    Ron Paul is the best choice for president.

    December 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Dax

    i'm an independent and I agree with Paul on this this she does hate muslims. I also don't blame her for loathing this woman hating, right wing, intolerant religion (sounds alot like the religious right?). Just look how they view women. That should be enough to turn the stomachs of any man with a mother, sister, wife, daughter or aunt. They BLAME WOMEN FOR BEING RAPED! That in itself is disgusting.
    Although I don't always agree with him, Obama is the right man for the job. He just needs our help to oust the single minded, Faux News inspired right.
    Obama 2012.

    December 17, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. gmh

    I do not believe in NO government as Ron Paul does. I believe there is a place for government and business to work together for the better of the American people. When it comes to Republican war making I agree with Ron Paul. This FEAR tactic used by these Rebulicans is dangerous. They want to provoke a war. They want to spend money on an unnecessary war when they refuse to spend money on the American people to put them back to work. I have a question for these Rublicians that I want answered. "How are you going to pay for it!!!"

    December 17, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. AgrippaMT

    It is true that Michelle Bachman is a racist bigot. She not only hates Muslims, she hates blacks, especially President Obama, jews, hispanics, gays and anyone else who disagrees with her extremist views. She is utterly consumed with hatred of others. Fortunately, there is zero chance that a hater like her will ever be President.

    December 17, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Doug

    Bachmann is not a Democrat so shouldn't anybody.

    December 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Pete/Ark

    Still won't vote for Paul , but at least he's willing to point at an idiot and sound the "IDIOT alarm".

    December 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Marcus B

    Michele doesn't hate gays, as they say love the sinner hate the sin. Or is it make love to the sinner I can't remember and Santorum shouldn't be so snooty he'd be a hit with the boys at the the bars.

    December 17, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. der

    Iran's Nuclear Weapons = WMD's all over again! Be prepared for fear mongering politicians to get the populous stirred up to start another lucrative war.

    December 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Patriot

    Ron Paul may not have some great ideas, but to be very honest and clear, he is probably the most consistent and sane person out of all the Republican Presidential nominees. Ron Paul's foreign policy would single handedly defeat all terrorism coming from Muslims. The #1 reason and the only reason why Muslims want to attack America is because America has bases, has attacked and invaded their countries. If we get the hell out, they won't care anymore. This whole idea that "they hat us for our freedoms' is not factual correct. Even the US military agrees that due to the American foreign policy for the past 50 years has caused groups like Al-Qaeda gain support and attack America.

    Ron Paul can save America. I'll be voting for him.

    December 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Will they tax the wealthy to pay for it?

    December 17, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Rich

    Ron Paul is without a doubt the smartest of the bunch ,but thats not saying much...

    December 17, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. AlaskaPalin

    One should hate the evil and love the good! Liberals; with the explicit consent of the media; seem bent on redefining the words: good, evil, love, hate, moral. They used them with some strange bedfellows of contexts, issues, ideas, concepts and motives in attacking their opponents. When liberals use these words within a political context one needs to read between the lines. One cannot take a liberal word for it.

    December 17, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Selma

    What's new?

    December 17, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Jennie

    Ron Paul is an idiot and I can't see why anybody would take him seriously. I watched the debate and Bachmann never said she hated muslims but like everyone else she is concerned of the dangers of Iran and its threats, and rightfully so. How stupid is this old codger to even insinuate that. As far as muslims here go, I don't trust them because even though they might not be terrorists they still empathize with those that are. And gays, well thats another stupid statement. Gays already have all the privileges allowed and they still want more. Greed never helped anyone. I think its time for Ron Paul to shutup his whiny mouth and retire because he's not going to win. Go get 'em Bachmann!!!!

    December 17, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. LouAZ

    Ha Ha Ha Ha ! Why does any person that can read and write think christian fanatics are any different than muslim fanatics or jewish fanatics ? My god is the one true god . . . and I'll make sure you live the way I want you to. Put $5 in the collection plate, and vote for me ! Hallejulia, Halepenos, and Peace on Earth brother. Oh, left out the catholics . . . Peace on you little brother.

    December 17, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. RON4152

    I am starting to like Bachmann. God help me.

    December 17, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. borko61

    Google "twelfth imam" and you will know what Iran is up to.

    December 17, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Paul

    The world is angry at the US not because we are jealous of how awesome you are and how God and Jesus made you with their own hands over along weekend, it's because you keep waddling into other countries, replacing leaders with your puppets, making up scandals to justify your actions. You are all about going into other nations – independent, sovereign nations – and taking their resources, usually at the expense of the people. Look at Chile as a prime example. It has been repeated again and again and again, and the world is tired of your BS. It has NOTHING to do with freedom, and NOTHING to do with christianity. Stop being so clueless.

    December 17, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. dan

    Ron Paul lives in a fantasy world where He feels safe because he is far away from any trouble. Muslim theocracy is completely against peace as is staunch in world domination , they believe in false peace treaties and fully intend to militarily take over and eventually subjugate Him and all his Ron Paul Revolutionaries who are willing to throw in the towel in the name of peace. Peace only works when the two parties mutually agree and adhere to it.

    December 17, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. hillcrester

    Bachmann is a Dunnya clone in a strong hyper-religious shroud. She is a "You are with us or you are against us" rigid thinker with no sense of nuance. She all-by-herself would be more dangerous than the Bush-Cheney neo-con pairing we had, and if you add Bolton we would probably lose any assistance from the British, Germans, and French.

    Bachmann is a dogmatic, shrewish, black-and-ahite thinker, if the use of the term "think" as applied to her isn't a grave overestimate.

    December 17, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. MSMlies

    Keep telling the Truth Dr. have set millions of free.

    December 17, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. ggmanner

    go ron paul !

    December 17, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Patricksday

    Hate and Selfishness are two very important VALUES to the Republican Party. I commend Ron Paul for going into the viper pit. May he blow the socks off all of them

    December 17, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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