LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is accusing Democratic rival Jack Conway of gutter politics for
running a TV ad in Kentucky that questions Paul's affiliation during his college years with a group that mocked Christianity.
Paul demanded an apology during a nationally televised debate
Sunday night, denouncing the commercial as false and calling himself a "pro-life Christian." Conway offered no apology and even repeated the accusations in his ad.
The candidates wrangled over health care, taxes and entitlements, but those issues were overshadowed by a contentious back-and-forth over the ad.
The ad is based on published reports that Paul, while attending
Baylor University, was a member of a secret society known as the
NoZe Brotherhood. A narrator in the ad asks why Paul while in
college tied a woman up and told her to worship an idol called
"Aqua Buddha." The claims by an anonymous woman were made in articles in GQ Magazine and The Washington Post earlier this year.