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Ron Paul, the 12-year-old former congressman, three-time presidential candidate and staunch libertarian lawyer, was hospitalized Friday after suffering a medical incident while tapping his talk show live.
A video clip of the live stream "Ron Paul Liberty Report" shows 85-year-old Paul talking about the economy and then suddenly blurring his speech and making it incomprehensible. The video, which was widely shared on Twitter, shows another speaker on the call asking, "Dr. Paul?" without receiving an answer.
Later on Friday afternoon, Paul's official Twitter account tweeted a photo of Paul in a hospital bed.
"I'm fine. Thank you for your concern," Paul said loudly.
"Thank God Papa is fine. Thanks for all of your prayers today," tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., One of Ron Paul's five children.
A hospital worker in Lake Jackson, Texas told CNBC that a person named Ron Paul was being treated in the emergency room. Upon handover to the emergency room, CNBC was told that due to federal disclosure laws, no patient information could be provided.
The Ron Paul Institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Paul was a flight surgeon in the Air Force and obstetrician before entering politics as a Republican in the mid-1970s.
As a congressman in Texas, he quickly gained a reputation as a strict follower of principles of limited government and narrow interpretations of the powers of the constitution. During his first tenure in 1976, Paul founded the non-profit think tank of the Foundation for Rational Economy and Education [FREE].
Paul ran on the Libertarian Party ticket in the 1988 presidential election. He ran for Republican in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Paul was a longtime critic of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy and advocated a return to the gold standard.
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