“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 thumbs up.
Ron Paul hospitalized after he appears to suffer stroke during livestream
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 livestreaming his weekday “Liberty Report” broadcast on YouTube, has been hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons, Fox News reported.
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.
Paul ran for president three times, first as a Libertarian in 1988. He then threw his hat in the ring as a Republican in the 2008 and 2012 presidential primaries.
Paul was in the middle of talking about “free market economists” when he begins to slur his words, according to saved clips of the livestream.
“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.
The Pittsburgh-born, former pol and physician is a longtime Libertarian and advocate for a free market and small government.
He retired from his five-decade congressional career in 2013 — long enough to become the first member of Congress ever to serve at the same time as their child, when Rand Paul was elected to the Senate from Kentucky in 2010.
But he has remained a political firebrand, whether he was insisting that the 9/11 attacks were motivated by U.S. involvement in the Middle East or arguing against COVID-19 quarantines as a restriction of civil liberties.
As recently as April, in a broadcast of his Liberty Report, he called on President Trump to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling the top White House infectious disease expert a “fraud” for predicting — inaccurately, it turned out — that initial predictions of as many as 240,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths were too high, and that fatalities might top out at only 60,000.
ul’s name began trending on Twitter after news of the medical incident began to circulate. “Please pray for Ron Paul. It appears a medical issue may have just happened during his show,” tweeted @werlibertarians.
Friday afternoon post on the former elected official’s verified Twitter account showed the leader of the libertarian movement in a hospital bed giving the thumbs-up sign along with this tweet: “Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern.’” At deadline, no other details were made public.
Paul served for a total of 23 years over three different periods as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas. He gained national stature after multiple attempts to seek the highest office in the land, first as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and a candidate in the Republican party primaries of 2008 and 2012.
He currently serves as chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a project of his Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, a nonprofit established by Paul in 1976. Paul’s son is GOP Senator Rand Paul, the junior senator of Kentucky.
It remains unclear whether Ron Paul’s garbled speech was the results of a stroke, a mini-stroke, or some other health condition. Paul, who earned his medical degree in 1961 and practiced as an ob-gyn, would, of course, know as well as any member of his medical team that he required immediate medical attention.
But in case something like this happens to you or someone you love, you need to take it seriously. Sudden trouble speaking or understanding speech are classic signs of stroke—and the quicker act, the better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to call 911 immediately is someone is experiencing:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if it occurs on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Another way to remember the signs of stroke is remember to act FAST, an acronym that stands for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and "time to call 911," according to the American Stroke Association. Immediate action is essential in treatment of any type of stroke, the association says, to minimize any long-term effects and prevent a fatal outcome.