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After threatening to withdraw, Rand Paul now says he will attend the final debate in his tense Senate race against Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky.

The Republican had said he considered backing out of the showdown to protest Conway's continued focus on a woman's claims that Paul was part of a "secret society" that "mocked Christianity" during his college days.

But Paul, a tea party favorite, said Friday that he decided to go forward with the debate to give voters a chance to see the contrasts between the two candidates, Politico reported.

"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 at a news conference. "Kentuckians deserve another opportunity to understand the very real differences between Jack and myself."

In ads and at an ugly debate last week, Conway has relentlessly referred to an interview in August's GQ magazine in which a former college classmate of Paul's claimed he and another student tied up a woman and ordered her to bow before their "god," "Aqua Buddha."

Most polls show Paul with a slight lead over Conway with less than two weeks before the election.

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Well, let's just see how the debate goes.

October 25 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SS and Medicare are not entitlements. Welfare is an entitlement, for example. Privatizing SS is absolutely the worst idea imaginable. These folks want their greedy friends to have control of billions of dollars so they can gamble with it? Just like they gambled with the derivatives? Yeah, great idea from the far right. Bush, Jr just said he regretted not privatizing SS while in office..We all know Bush wasn t the most intelligent of all POTUS'. Bush is just like the rest of the Republicans just listening to the friends on Wall Street for ideas. Bottom line is as long as Treasury bonds are trustworthy and return a decent interest rate, the program will last a long time. We do have to reduce the deficit to ensure it's survival.

October 24 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John P. Rotolo

Rand paul agreed to debate because he`s slipping in the polls.

October 24 2010 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't live in Ky but I watched the debate and was really impressed with Conway. Rand Paul is the typical teaparty candidate with questionable experience and minimal knowledge. We need smart people to get us out of this mess caused by outsourcing jobs and paying for two wars at the same time. Who did this to us?

October 23 2010 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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diversity dude

You know who did this to us - Bush/Cheney (with a little help from Clinton who deregulated the banks/insurance companies in the 1990's). The GOPers hate it when we remember that the economy collapsed under Bush and TARP was Bush's idea, not Obama's. At the end of the day, if Americans are too stupid to realize that the Republicans - on behalf of big oil, big pharma, big banks and big insurance - got us into this, then we truly deserve to government we will get: bought and paid for by the global corporations in search of fast profit.

October 24 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

Conway is trying to talk about anything but the issues. He was for cap and trade(bad for kentucky) he did not join the fight to stop obamacare(bad for kentucky and the nation) He is for stimulas it did not work. Conway brings up something thrity years ago from college. How about tlking about the things that are important to kentucky and america. You queston a religious man religion for political gain. I do not know anyone who would vote for some one that sinks so low. You certainly are not a religious person or you would not do what you have.

October 23 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marc Sugar Craig

I have attended a "debate" with one of them being a tea party candidate. It is like talking to a three year old. I know you are but what ami was the level of it.

October 23 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It never ceases to amaze how often people take seriously the idea of privatizing Social Security. If you read your history, you might recall that Social Security was created to protects us from the arbitrary ups and downs of the market place. It's supposed to be the most solid floor we as humans in an imprefect world can create for people in their retirement.

October 23 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Rares Marian

Having a home and a piece of land protects you from the ups and downs. Social Security is a money laundering and skimming scheme.

October 24 2010 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
diversity dude

You're right! and Rares Marian (in reply to you) hasn't got a clue. "A home and piece of land"?!!! Did Rares forget that millions of Americans thought their home and piece of land would always appreciate in value, because the banks and the mortgage companies and the speculators told them it would? Goodness, the ignorance in this world is staggering. I'm sure Rares plans to collect his social security at some point, we'll see of he calls it money-laundering then.

October 24 2010 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember it did not work too well for another politician running for President.... Rand Paul must address the issue of this lady - if he has nothing to worry or to hide, he could have call on the lady whose claim it is and put an end to it once and for all but he keeps on saying he does not recall - ???? what is that ??? do not recall .... or does not want to remember ? I believe that if he is that scare to address the issue is because he remains a secret member of the Acua Buddah should not be ashamed of it if that is the case it is his right to practice to whoever he pleases... problem is that if he admits to this then we have the issue of the handcuffs plus the bowing... ouch I think he is done !

October 23 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rares Marian

Um you don't keep up with the facts much do ya? THE LADY HAS ALREADY DEFLATED CONWAY'S ATTACK.

October 24 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Is Rand Paul afraid Kentuckians are coming to their senses before it's too late? Is that why he is making an appearance at the debate?

October 22 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

I am glad that Rand Paul reconsidered because his lecture to Jack Conway to be a man was condescending and uncalled for and Conway was right to call him out.

October 22 2010 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply


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