Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman, presidential candidate and father of Senator Rand Paul, suffered from an apparent stroke-like illness in the midst of a live stream Friday afternoon.
Paul, 85, who was live streaming his “Liberty Report” show on weekdays on YouTube, was hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons. Fox News reported.
“Message from Ron Paul:” I’m fine. Thanks for your concern, “he tweeted just before 3pm ̵
A clip of the disturbing medical episode was first posted on Twitter from the Intelwave outlet.
The live episode may have been a blessing in disguise, the outlet added in a later tweet.
“Echoing the sentiment of one of my colleagues, I’m glad it happened live where someone noticed it immediately and could get medical help rather than happen and he was only found a few hours later,” the tweet said. .
The libertarian and former obstetrician has run for president three times.
Paul was in the midst of talking about “free market economists” when he begins to insult his words, according to saved clips from the live stream.
“We have to get rid of it and it’s a burden, a burden,” he tries to say before his speech becomes unintelligible.
The YouTube stream was quickly removed afterwards.
Representatives of Rand Paul (R-Ky.) And Ron Paul were not immediately available for comment.