(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