Lexington, KY – Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says he will keep his commitment to debate Democrat Jack Conway on statewide television Monday night. Paul, a Tea Party favorite, had threatened to pull out of the appearance in light of Conway's much talked about "Aqua Buddha" ad which Paul calls "despicable, odious, and dangerous."
In Lexington Friday afternoon, the Bowling Green eye surgeon read from a prepared statement and declined to take follow up questions from the media.
"While I remain disappointed that my opponent continues these personal attacks, I do respect the voters of Kentucky, and therefore will participate in Monday's final debate. Kentuckians deserve another opportunity to understand the very real differences between Jack Conway and myself."
Paul says his campaign staff has collected "damaging information" about the Kentucky Attorney General but has instructed them not to use it.
WUKY will broadcast the KET debate Monday night at 8 p.m.