Ron Paul: Secret Service protection ‘is a form of welfare’

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:22 EDT
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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) . Screenshot via NBC.
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Unlike the other GOP presidential candidates remaining in the race, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) explained Monday on NBC’s The Tonight Show why he doesn’t want Secret Service protection.

“It’s a form of welfare, having tax payers pay to take care of somebody,” he said. “I’m an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection.”

Jay Leno then played a clip of a kung fu movie in which the congressman’s head replaced a successful fighter’s, showing why he doesn’t need Secret Service protection.

Paul cited the exorbitant cost, estimating Secret Service protection added up to more than $50,000 a day per individual.

Paul also reiterated his support for emergency contraception and his opposition to abortion.

WATCH: Video from NBC, from March 20, 2012

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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