Thursday's episode of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno featured an interview with Texas state representative and former presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul voiced his dissatisfaction with current government regulations and security while the two discussed the ongoing debt ceiling crisis, as well as the recent Navy Yard shooting and its implications regarding gun control.
Ron Paul came into prominence during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections for his libertarian views, stressing a platform of substantial deregulation and small government.
Paul remarked that "special interest" would find its way into the current debt ceiling standoff, but that the public's special interest would be ignored. The pair also discussed the failure of government security in the Navy Yard shootings. Paul contends that gun control background checks would not be a solution to gun violence and likened gun regulation to government-run highway deaths.
As ever, Paul's views stood out very strongly in his interview. In his response to his son Rand Paul's possible presidential interest, Paul quipped, "Be very cautious, you could get elected".
Watch more of the interview here: