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Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman, presidential candidate and the father of Sen. Rand Paul, suffered an apparent stroke-like illness in the middle of a livestream Friday afternoon.

Paul, 85, who was live-streaming his weekday “Liberty Report” broadcast on YouTube, has been hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons, Fox News 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.

  • Severa says:

    Glad Ron Paul is doing fine, God bless him and keep him strong and healthy.

    • Hopefully Ron will live long enough to see the scriptures of Jeremiah come to pass and witness the USA descend into darkness as “mystery babylon” taken out by Gog (Russia). Unfortunately, most of Israel will be destroyed as well but it’s already been told by the prophets and we are getting real close. The destruction of the USA by means of EMP is planned and the US government is the reason and the cause for its coming demise, not the American people! The citizens will be innocent victims of the governments two centuries of wickedness, greed and destruction on planet Earth and must fall!
      These are not my words but the prophets of old, I am just a messenger.
      With warm regards,

  • John says:

    That was sad to watch.

  • Mike says:

    Still made more sense than Biden at his best.

  • Marc Rauch says:

    He was just having a Biden moment. The Dems ought to consider asking him to run for office as a Democrat.

  • Mrs B says:

    So glad that it happened in a way that got him immediate medical intervention.

  • CF