Lake Jackson, TX – Former U.S. Representative and Presidential candidate Ron Paul suffered a stroke on Friday during a livestream on his YouTube channel.
The 85-year-old pioneer of the Libertarian movement was talking about the free market and federal stimulus money when his speech started to slur, Business Insider reported.
FOX News reported that Paul, who is the father of U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), had been transported to the hospital as a “precautionary” measure.
The elder Paul was reportedly “lucid” and “optimistic” after the medical incident.
Paul served as a member of Congress for the state of Texas for 23 years over a 36-year period, and retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, FOX News reported.
He ran for U.S. President three times – once as a Libertarian and twice as a Republican.
Paul remained active in politics after he retired, according to FOX News.
While in DC, he was famously pro-individual liberty and a strong Constitutionalist.
Paul, a former obstetrician, was first elected to Congress in a special election in 1976, FOX News reported.
He posted a picture of himself to Twitter from his hospital bed on Friday afternoon in which he was giving a thumbs up.
Message from Ron Paul: "I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern." pic.twitter.com/aALmLn8xIj
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 25, 2020
Best wishes & prayers for a speedy recovery for Ron Paul, who inspired a new generation of freedom fighters. I took this pic at his 2008 prez campaign rally on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/9GtwVnohra
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) September 25, 2020
Wishing a full and speedy recovery for Dr. Ron Paul.
A true Statesman.
God Bless you Sir.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. pic.twitter.com/31qhsrugn8
— Libertarian Nation (@LibertarianWing) September 25, 2020
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