Republican hopeful Ron Paul stopped by the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night and spoke out against Secret Service protection. “It’s a form of welfare, having tax payers pay to take care of somebody,” Paul explained. “I’m an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection.”
Never known as one to compromise his rigid principles, Paul explained further why he opposed the government-funded security detail.
“It costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect these individuals,” Paul continued.
Leno was astonished by the cost of the program.
“Is that what it is?!” Leno exclaimed incredulously.
“Yeah! That’s a lot of money!” Paul added.
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