Paul says he'll decide on last U.S. Senate debate on Friday

10/21/2010 06:54 PM

LOUISVILLE — Still frustrated by questions about his opponent’s latest ad, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul said he’ll decide by Friday whether or not to attend the last of five scheduled debates in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

Paul, still smarting from Democratic candidate Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad about Paul’s time at Baylor University, said he didn’t know if he wanted to appear with Conway on KET’s forum scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday.

He said the ad was “below the belt” when answering questions from reporters at an event in Louisville. And he didn’t want Conway to continue to bring up those issues, like Conway did in the previous debate.

Paul scheduled the press conference to sign a pledge to never vote for an estate tax, which some call a “death tax.” That levy is put on inheritance. Congress suspended the tax for 2010 but it is set to come back Jan. 1 unless Congress takes action.

Paul’s campaign hasn’t release the details of the event Paul plans to attend Friday, and where he may make his announce about the debate. Conway has said he’ll still attend the debate regardless of Paul’s attendance.

-Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston

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