October 22nd, 2010
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul will debate in Kentucky, drops boycott threat

(CNN) – Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul will debate his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, next Monday night after all.

"While I do not respect Mr. Conway's inappropriate attacks, I do respect the voters of this state and therefore will participate in Monday's final debate," Paul said.

"Kentuckians deserve another opportunity to understand the very real differences between Jack and myself. With ten days to go, I wish the campaign were about who has the best vision for Kentucky and America," Paul said.

Paul threatened to pull out of the debate earlier his week because he was angry over the now-infamous 'aquabuddha' ad Conway released last week. The ad accuses Paul of belonging to a secret organization while he was a student at Baylor University that once forced a woman to kneel before a false idol named "aquabuddha."

In the ad, a narrator also asks, "Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible 'a hoax,' that was banned for mocking Christianity and Christ?"

Paul has sharply condemned the spot, telling CNN "I've never said or written anything un-Christian in my life."

At a press conference on Monday, Paul also chided Conway for the personal attack, saying the ad would discourage future candidates from running for political office.

Conway has defended the ad, telling CNN "I think [Paul] has to answer the questions." Though Conway added that he plans to let the 'aquabuddha' spot "run its course," and release more issues-oriented ads in the final days until the election.

–CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Jack Conway • Kentucky • Rand Paul
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. barry

    Rand Paul is winning. Finish Conway the Coward off. More than likely Conway is still in the closet and gets off on the story and thinking of Rand being dominant.

    October 22, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. GuyinVA

    This race is just weird.

    October 22, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Name

    More lies from the left Rand wants to abolish civil rights .... Do you people really think someone had a "right" to another mans property and labor?
    Paul was just proposing a philosophical question about the act and never said he wanted to repeal it as liberal media outlets reported for days. I believe that a black restaurant owner should be able to discriminate against a member of a racist church. But under your sacred cow legislation that would be a violation of so call civil rights.. What about the right to your own labor and property? Who us standing up for the black business owner? Or blacks locked in jail for drugs or blacks that have been aborted is such high percentages?? Only Rand Paul.
    Wait till he takes a double digit victory over Conman Conway the pro war Prohibitionist who is willing to tell lies and make the debate about Rand Paul rumors from 30 years ago.

    I predict it will be Rand Paul by 12% in November.

    October 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Don Gregory

    Sen Jim Demint is now trying to cut NPR funding in retaliation for the firing of Juan Williams. This is a nazi-like nutjob response to a racist situation, activated by the so-called leader of the tea party.
    America, this is your future if you fight oppression – then the "small' government will step into action.
    How scandalously askew can we get?

    October 22, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Billy, NYC

    Rand Paul is Pro-Big Corporations, Not the People.
    He does not agree with social eqaulity and civil rights act.
    He is wrong for this country.

    October 22, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    S. in California, since you don't like either one its a good thing you don't get to vote for them.

    October 22, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. rich

    another coo coo for co co puffs dee bag!! what has this guy been talking about financial reform, jobs, energy policies
    infurstructure problems???? No he is talking about the civil rights act from 1964. I say to all you right wing nuts. Come
    back from your orbit around Pluto and join the rest of your fellow Americans and get somehting done for the American
    middle class. I say the middle class because they are the ones where the money always come from. We have been
    decimated by the richest 2% at the top and that has and will change. Enough is enough. If republicans want to continue to
    side with big business than do so at your own perile come Nov 2 and good luck in 2012 with the witch from wasilla!!

    October 22, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. D. Bunker

    Hey "Name", you DO realize Rand Paul is not the same person as Ron Paul, right? RAND is the one espousing really nutty ideas, like eliminating civil rights laws, pollution laws and social security. I haven't heard a peep from him endorsing his father's positions, which you mistakenly attributed to him.

    October 22, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Larry

    Paul is a Tea Party/Republican tool

    End of story

    October 22, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. kyle from ohio

    And who paying for Rand Paul's Ads: The powerful corporation types; that want to convince people they will do right by the people better than the Goverment. the goverment which is conprised of the people that are govern. If you want to be constitutionist, then respect One man One Vote; quit trying to sell us out to the Corporate highest bidders, maybe foreign Corporation at that????

    October 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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