Does Michele Bachmann Hate Muslims?

Ron Paul tells Jay Leno that Bachmann hates Muslims, and that she wants to "go get 'em."


On Friday night's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno asked his guest Rep. Ron Paul what he thought about the other Republicans running for president. Paul suggested that former Gov. Mitt Romney and former Speaker of House Newt Gingrich should go back to their old jobs in the Massachusetts state house and the U.S. Congress, respectively. He then said of Rep. Michele Bachmann, "She doesn't like Muslims. She hates Muslims. She wants to go get 'em," alluding to Bachmann's campaign rhetoric that she would attack Iran to stop them from possessing nuclear weapons, a policy that Paul, a libertarian isolationist, strongly opposes.

Bachmann responded to the claim, telling ABC News, "Of course I don't hate Muslims, that's an absolutely outrageous statement," while reiterating her stance on Iran. She fired back, "With all due respect to my colleague, I think Ron Paul would make a very dangerous president because he doesn't understand this threat."

[ Read the U.S. News debate: Should the United States Consider Military Action to Hinder Iran's Nuclear Program?]

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