Ron Paul calls Secret Service protection a 'form of welfare'

By Will Rahn - The Daily Caller
Mar. 22, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and staunch libertarian Ron Paul says he has rejected protection from the Secret Service because he believes charging taxpayers for his personal security is a “form of welfare.”

“You know, you’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody,” Paul told late night talk show host Jay Leno on Tuesday. “And I’m an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection, and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals.”

“It’s a lot of money,” he added.

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