Ron Paul made his second “Tonight Show” appearance in four months last night and again explained that though he’s trailing in primary votes, he’s still focused on snatching up delegates ahead of the convention this summer.
In addition to discussing his odds, Paul, a former OB-GYN said he has prescribed birth control, even though he was “putting myself out of business” because people had less babies. He also said that women should have the right to have an abortion and that he would never ban the morning after pill. Leno asked the Texas congressman about rumors that he’s in cahoots with Mitt Romney, to which Paul replied, “It’s very secret, because he and I don’t know a whole lot about it.”
With regard to Secret Service protection, which all the candidates save for Paul have accepted, the candidate described it as “a form welfare.” “You know, you’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody, 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.” But Paul did tell Leno that if he does accept protection, his codename will be “bulldog.”
Watch the entire interview, including Paul explaining why the other candidates should just drop out, below: