| September 25, 2020
Ron Paul, the Republican ex-congressman who ran for the White House, suffered some kind of medical emergency in the midst of a livestreamed event Friday.
Disturbing video of the event shows Paul talking about the free market and then his speech suddenly turns to gibberish as another participant on the video call asks if he's OK. A number of people sharing the video suspected Paul had a stroke.
Paul, 85, who was live-streaming his weekday “Liberty Report” broadcast on YouTube, has been hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons, the New York Post reported.
“Message from Ron Paul: “I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,” he tweeted just before 3 p.m. — alongside a photo of him in a hospital bed, smiling and giving a thumb’s up.
A clip of the disturbing medical episode was first tweeted out by the outlet Intelwave.
The live episode may have been a blessing in disguise, the outlet added in a subsequent tweet.
“Echoing the sentiment of one of my associates, I’m glad it happened live where someone noticed immediately and could get him medical help rather than it happening and him only being found hours later,” the tweet said.
The Libertarian and former obstetrician ran for president three times.
Paul was in the middle of talking about “free market economists” when he begins to slur his words, according to saved clips of the live stream.
“We have to get rid of that and it’s a burd — a burd,” he struggles to say before his speech becomes unintelligible.
The YouTube stream was quickly taken down afterward.
Reps for Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Paul were not immediately available for comment.