Gettin' Ugly in Kentucky: Rand Paul, TV Ads, and Honor

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The Kentucky Senate race has always been sort of ugly, but over the weekend it got uglier.

During a televised debate Sunday night, Rand Paul told Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway that he demeans the state; Conway, in turn, brought up Paul's alleged pot-fueled kidnapping escapade. Paul refused to shake Conway's hand. From TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro:

Republican nominee Rand Paul lashed out at his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway -- even refusing to shake his hand at the end of the debate -- saying to Conway at one point "you demean the state of Kentucky."

For his part, Conway was not afraid to climb down into the muck and take Paul on. He accused Paul of "joining a group known for mocking Christianity" while the Republican was a student at Baylor University and called on Paul to explain why he once "tied a woman up and asked her to worship a false idol."

And Paul, the AP reports, says he may skip the next debate.

The tension stems from this TV ad, which Conway is airing in the state, that essentially uses Paul's involvement in the NoZe brotherhood at Baylor and his "Aqua Buddha" prank-kidnapping sequence to question Paul's Christianity:



It's not the first time Paul has personally taken issue with an ad attacking him. During the Republican primary, Lt. Gov. Trey Grayson hit Paul with a TV ad that showed him loosely paraphrasing his father's foreign-policy views that 9/11 was caused, in part, by blowback from misguided U.S. foreign policies. Paul publicly called for an apology and hit back at Grayson in which he said, straight to camera, "Trey Grayson, your shameful TV ad is a lie, and it dishonors you."

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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