One of the biggest names in conservative politics suffered from an apparent health attack during a live broadcast earlier this week, the New York Post reported.
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a Libertarian, was hospitalized Friday for “precautionary” reasons after he was struck by what the Post described as an “apparent stroke-like illness” during his weekday YouTube show, Liberty Report.
Paul later posted a message to Twitter indicating that he’s doing OK. Take a look:
Message from Ron Paul: “I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern.” pic.twitter.com/aALmLn8xIj
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 25, 2020
Caught on tape
In a startling moment that was caught on tape, Paul appeared to be discussing the economy when he began slurring his speech. “We have to get rid of that and it’s a burd — a burd,” he trails off, according to the New York Post.
A guest on Paul’s show seemed to express concern before the broadcast cut away.
The episode was later removed from Liberty Report‘s YouTube page, the Post noted.
A political legend
Speaking with NBC News, the former congressman’s eldest son said his dad is now “walking, talking, and in good spirits while he seeks medical attention.”
“Health scares like this are always concerning,” Ronnie Paul said, “but Dad is in great shape and grateful for everyone’s concern.”
Ron Paul, for his part, was born in Pennsylvania but made a name for himself as a Texas politician after moving there in the late 1960s. His high regard for personal liberty and small government have long been popular among both Republicans and Libertarians, the latter of whom chose him as their presidential nominee in 1988, the New York Post reported.
According to the Post, Ron Paul also “threw his hat in the ring as a Republican in the 2008 and 2012 presidential primaries.” He later declined to endorse the GOP’s nominees in those years — John McCain and Mitt Romney, respectively — in a sign that he was way ahead of his time in being able to spot a true RINO.
One can only hope the former congressman recovers swiftly and fully from whatever ailment prompted Friday’s scary incident.