Paul will attend final debate on KET, won't get into 'gutter politics'

10/22/2010 05:01 PM

LEXINGTON — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul ended his threat to withdraw from the final U.S. Senate debate, scheduled for Monday night in Lexington to air on Kentucky Educational Television.

He announced his intention to attend the debate at a news conference Friday afternoon but without taking questions from the media about his decision.

Paul said that he will attend the debate and that over the last few days, he’s been given many instances on which he said he could “hurt Jack and his family,” but decided not to bring up the hypothetical issues he implied.

Reading from a prepared statement, Paul said he hopes the contest gets back to the issues.

Paul’s original threat to withdraw from Monday’s debate came after his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, started airing an ad questioning allegations that have arose from Paul’s time at Baylor University. Conway also attacked Paul along the same lines during the fourth debate.

-Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston

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