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
"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."
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.