Louisville, KY (CNN) - Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul defended his Christian faith and sharply criticized his Democratic rival, Jack Conway in response to the now infamous "aquabuddha ad." Conway's TV attack ad accuses Paul of once belonging to an organization that mocked Christianity while the GOP contender was a student at Baylor University.
"In my entire live, I've written and said a lot of things. I've never said or written anything un-Christian in my life," Paul said.
In a brief interview with CNN, the Tea Party-backed candidate slammed Conway for running the spot, which claims Paul once forced a woman to kneel before a false idol named "aquabuddha." "I think he ought to be ashamed of himself," Paul said.
At a news conference at the Atlas Machine and Supply outside of Louisville, Paul said the ad would discourage future candidates from running for political office. During the event, Paul signed a pledge to repeal the Estate Tax, dubbed the "death tax" by conservatives. Most of the questions at the press conference were focused on the "aquabuddha" controversy.
Paul told CNN he doubts the voters care about the questions raised in the spot. "I mean people are concerned about the federal takeover of health care. They're concerned about taxes, jobs, the economy," Paul said. "I don't really think they're concerned about or want to talk about one man's accusation of another man's religion," he added.
Conway told CNN yesterday he plans to run more issue-oriented spots in the final days of the campaign and will let the "aquabuddha" ad "run its course." He defended the spot saying Paul needs to answer questions about his behavior as a college student.