Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims
December 17th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
10 years ago

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. BgThr33

    Bachman's response is basically "I love Americans. USA USA USA USA!" She and Santorum (Google him) know their meager support only comes from people who vehemently hate teh gays and teh brown people, so they can't back down from their bigotry.

    December 17, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Amir Kharazi

    Finally, I see one MAN in the politics. US will be in war forever unless someone like Paul becomes a president.

    December 17, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. mk1

    I don't really like Ron Paul but on this he is exactly correct, she as do most evangelical Christians hate just about anybody that does not believe in their very narrow view of religion and life in general. It is very clear their beliefs are either "you believe what I do or you are wrong and will go to hell". No wiggle room there. All these candidates are really really scary and will bring us to war soon after elected, god help us.

    December 17, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Brian

    Paul tells it like it is and doesn't sugar coat it.

    December 17, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. New England Independent

    Before you anoint Congressman Paul, you should look at his views on gay people especially his views on Lawrence v. Texas. While he did vote for the DADT Repeal Act, his States Rights stances makes me a bit wary to give him my vote. Now Mr Insignificant Santorum and Blank Eyes Bachmann yep they scare the poop out of me. they seem quite xenophobic.

    December 17, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Todd Fisher

    This was a really great interview last night. You owe it to yourself to look it up online if you missed it!!!

    Ron Paul is such an amazing human being and could actually help bring a level of dignity, honesty, and respect back to the position of the President of the United States. He is the only hope for leading us back out of this mess that we are in. Anybody else on the Republican side will simply bring us more war. Which is of course what we'll get with Obama again. I hope RP can get the nomination.

    December 17, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Frank

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never said ""Israel must be wiped out from the map of the world." This mistranslation from Farsi has been repeated for years. It's an American expression.

    December 17, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. beth

    No question about it, I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    December 17, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. works4me

    I once got fired for speaking the truth. I kinda like this guy, his truth and his shooting from the hip. But... I like President Obama better. "O" 2012

    December 17, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. BillCunnane Libby Mt

    Ron Paul is nothing but a clown. He comes out with one good statement and 5 that are so far over the edge that its sad. He is a hack and a joke. Certainly not presidential material. As for Bachmann..well she is not going to be a winner but you have to give her credit she has not flip flopped. Yes we need to put ALL muslims under the glass and keep them monitored at all times. Every one is a potential terrorist and should not be trusted. Their religion encourages terrorism, torture, mistreatment of women, and looks to overthrow any society that does not conform to their islamic beliefs.

    December 17, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. DENNA

    She's a Republican. What else would you expect of members of a political party that have set themselves up as paragons of virtue? She's not too fond of anyone who isn't just like her.

    December 17, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Rev. J.P.

    "What I love are Americans and the American people," Bachmann said. I thought Christians are supposed to love everyone. She must not be a Christian.

    December 17, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. katmoondaddy

    And what's wrong with that?

    December 17, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    The right wing Teapublicans hate everybody that isn't a well to do WASP. They are serious Islamaphobes. Comes from being narrow minded and ignorant. I will never belong to the same political party as the likes of the Newt, Michelle, Limpbum, Colter Sean Insanity Beck, etc. etc. Obama 2012!!!

    December 17, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Just a thought

    That's right, feed on each other and eat your own. The GOP party is looking more and more like the Grand Ole Psychos than anything else.

    December 17, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Robert Fallin

    Bachmann compared Paul to Neville Chamberlain for espousing the same Iran policy as George W. Bush for the same reasons.

    Bachmann and Santorum both approved of the murder of Anwar Aa-awlaki, approved of torture and violation of due process. If anything, Ron Paul may have not gone far enough. It appears Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney et al. hate EVERYONE who doesn't agree with their bloodthirsty Middle East agenda.

    December 17, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. JC

    Ron Paul is right... even though he was clearly joking around.

    December 17, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. CrankyOldVet

    As usual, he' right on point, and the truth as usual hurts.

    December 17, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. I vote to take YOUR money

    A VERY dumb statement by Ron Paul. It's statements like this that keep him low in the polls. Expect his numbers to drop after this idiotic statement.

    December 17, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Ken

    Among the things Bachmann doesn't get here is that under Paul's scheme, none of these Muslim countries would even be angry at us. That is because we would stop interfering with them. Iran won't wipe out Israel with a nuclear weapon as Israel has them too. Regardless though this is not our fight. America is so hated around the world simply because we stick our noses in everything. Ron Paul would very sensibly put an end to this, even though these rinky dink countries don't pose any threat to us anyway. They do have some people who are very angry with us and attempt terrorist acts but with their no longer having the need to be angry, problem solved, and hundreds of billions in the bank for a country who can sorely afford to waste this much money meddling in other countries' affairs.

    December 17, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Tupac

    "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...that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."

    She loves Americans so much so that she's willing to sacrifice some of us for Israel. Iran is as much of a threat to us as Iraq was.

    December 17, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Ron

    At least he says what most people think. Bachmann said "As Commander-in-Chief I will stand for the safety and security of the American people...." Thankfully she will never ever get to even think about that.

    December 17, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. GOP just don't get it.

    He called it like it is. Bachman in particular did not like to be told the truth. Just like Trump with his "I have black friends" response.

    I cannot understand how people in this country still listen to these candidates? I just don't get it....

    December 17, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. JHILL

    of course she is prejudiced against muslims. she and her husband are also prejudiced against gay people. she and her husband promote a type of therapy to convert gay people to a "straight" lifestyle, which has been deemed unethical by the American Psychological Association in 2009. They ought to turn him into the state board for unethical practice, and they ought to lock them both up for being looney zealots

    December 17, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. TeaPartyIsForLittleGirls

    Even though Paul is right, Tea Baggers are now even less likely to vote for him.

    December 17, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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