Just when you thought the Kentucky Senate race couldn't get any uglier, it does. Republican Rand Paul refused to shake hands with Democrat Jack Conway after last night's debate in Louisville.
Here's the issue: A Conway attack ad claiming Paul, while at Baylor University in the 1980s, joined a secret society that tied up a woman and forced her to "bow down" and worship their god 'Aqua Buddha.' The bizarre story was first reported by GQ Magazine, which quoted an anonymous woman in an August article.
Tea Party-backed Paul fired back at Conway last night.
"I'm disheartened that my opponent has chosen to attack my religious beliefs," he said. "We have serious problems in our country ... and he has descended into the gutter to attack my personal religious beliefs. ... Jack, you should be ashamed of yourself. You should apologize. Have you no decency? Have you no shame?"
Paul called Conway's actions "a disgrace."
Conway said he's raising legitimate questions. He tried many times to get Paul to answer why he joined a secret society that mocked Christianity. The Democrat also asked when it was appropriate to tie up a woman and make her bow down to an 'Aqua Buddha?'
Paul didn't answer those questions directly. Instead he said, "You know how we know when you're lying? Your lips are moving."
Paul, the son of Texas Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, has released a rebuttal ad. We'll have that for you tonight on 360° and talk over the raw politics.
We'll also have a live report from Texas with new developments in the reported murder of David Hartley at Falcon Lake. His wife, Tiffany, met again with Mexican authorities for several hours today to give them a detailed account of what she says happened on September 30th, the day she says David was killed. His body has not been found. Meanwhile, there are new details on the lead Mexican investigator who was murdered last week. There were reports the investigator's severed head was delivered to the Mexican military. Now there's a new twist. We'll have that for you.
In Crime & Punishment, the penalty phase has started for the jury that convicted Steven Hayes of killing a Connecticut mother and her two daughters in a home invasion.
In his opening statement, Hayes' attorney told the court his client can be "quite likable," but has struggled with a "serious drug addiction".
The prosecution rested today in the penalty phase. Now the defense must make the case that Hayes should be spared the death penalty for the 2007 killings.
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