03/21/2012 10:56 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ron Paul Says Secret Service Protection Is 'Form Of Welfare'

Ron Paul doesn't want Secret Service protection, but if he did he'd choose the code name "Bulldog," the candidate told Jay Leno on Tuesday.

Paul, the only candidate without Secret Service protection, said having that security would be a "form of welfare."

"You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody," he told Leno. "I'm an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection."

Mitt Romney's code name is "Javelin" and Rick Santorum is called "Petrus," GQ reported on Monday.


(h/t Politico)