Given the choice between an appearance on the Tonight Show, and campaigning on the day of the Illinois primary, Ron Paul opted for a TV appearance. He was on Jay Leno, last night.

He talked about his opponents, his time on the campaign trail and his decision not to request Secret Service protection. Of the four remaining candidates, Paul is the only one who doesn’t have a Secret Service detail. Last night, he said he’s an ordinary citizen who should pay for his own protection. He called Secret Service protection a form of welfare.

Meanwhile, Paul came in a distant third in Illinois, with 9 percent of the vote. He has yet to win any primary or caucuses.

Here’s part of his interview from last night: