The U. S. Senate debate held on Sunday between Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Jack Conway has officially catapulted this race into a frenzy. The negative tone originated from a Conway attack ad. The ad questions Paul’s faith and as well as moral character.
The debate swirled around claims in a GQ article stating that Paul knowingly joined a group known for mocking people of faith. Conway argued during the debate that Paul knew the President of Baylor University had banned the group for sacrilege. This group is also known to make fun of Christianity and Christ.
Another point of contention was a “bizarre” report from a woman claiming that Paul along with a friend pulled a prank on her by tying her up. She alleges that she was pushed to smoke marijuana and worship an idol referred to as “Aqua Buddha”. The woman also cites this incident as the reason behind the end of her friendship with Paul. At the very least, such allegations, if true, are not the typical characteristics of a senator.
With the debate still going over the building of a mosque at ground zero, the nation is still very sensitve to religion. This is probably not the best time for a candidate to be accused of anything that has to do with religion and worshipping false idols.
“When this debate ends you’ll notice that I will not be shaking his hand tonight. I will not shake hands with someone who attacks my religion and attacks my Christian beliefs”, Paul said, according to WHAS 11. The essence of this statement is that of “you have not done something that I agree with, so I will now not interact with you.” This is the type of behavior that most parents try to deter their children from exhibiting during sports games and in daily play activities. This may leave Kentucky residents questioning if this is the behavior they want from a senator.
At the end of the debate, Rand Paul kept true to his statement. He left without shaking the hand of his opponent. The feud still continued after Sunday’s debate. Conway appeared as a guest on Today Show Tuesday morning. Today Show reported that Paul was also invited to appear as a guest and refused. Paul is also hinting that he might withdraw from the last and final debate.
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Matt Lauer “Conway defends Paul attack ads” todayshow.com