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Rand Paul doesn't shake hands with opponent after 'Aqua Buddha' debate; the two may not meet again

RandpaulAdd Rand Paul's name to the list of politicians who have made good on a campaign promise.

At the conclusion of what Talking Points Memo declared was "The Nastiest Debate of 2010", Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul, a Republican, said he wouldn't shake hands with his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, after their debate Sunday, and sure enough, Paul promptly rebuffed him, as promised.

A good night's sleep didn't ease Paul's mind. Monday morning, Paul said at a news conference that he might not even square off against Conway for their last debate, scheduled for Oct. 25.

At the heart of Paul's anger is Conway's dogged insistence in bringing up a weird incident from Paul's collegiate past. According to an unnamed woman in a GQ article, while he was at Baylor University in Texas, a stoned Paul and another man blindfolded the woman, kidnapped her, attempted to make her smoke marijuana and then ...

... drove her to a creek where they demanded that she pray to their God.

In the article titled "Rand Paul's Kooky College Days (Hint: There's a Secret Society Involved)" the woman claimed that her kidnapping happened when Paul belonged to "a secret society" called the NoZe Brotherhood.

[Rand Paul] and [Paul's friend] Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot." After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, [Texas], where they stopped near a creek. "They told me their god was 'Aqua Buddha' and that I needed to bow down and worship him," the woman recalls. "They blindfolded me and made me bow down to 'Aqua Buddha' in the creek. I had to say, 'I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.' At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no." 

Not one to let such a freaky moment slip through his hands, Conway created a political ad, naturally. "Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible 'a hoax' -- that was banned from mocking Christianity and Christ?" a voice says atop a bed of creepy music in the television ad aimed at Kentucky voters, firmly residing in the Bible Belt. "Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up? Tell her to bow down before a false idol and say his God was 'Aqua Buddha?'"

Sunday, Conway repeatedly asked of Paul: "Why did he freely join a group known for mocking, for making fun of people with faith? And secondly, when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, that you call Aqua Buddha?"

 Conway added that Paul's NoZe Brotherhood "reveled in sacrilege."

"You know how we tell when you're lying?" Paul asked of his opponent. "When your lips are moving. You're accusing me of crimes. Do you know nothing about the process? You're going to stand there and accuse me of a crime from 30 years ago from some anonymous source? How ridiculous are you? You embarrass this race... Run a race like a man ... instead of calling me names."

Later, when the alleged college incident resurfaced, Paul asked: "How do you respond to a guy who's going to quote somebody anonymously from 30 years ago that's untrue? You just out-and-out lie because you have nothing to stand on."

Paul regards himself a "pro-life Christian" and says he will announce his decision on whether he will participate in the final debate soon.

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, left, refused to shake the hand of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway after their debate at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday. Credit: John Sommers II / Reuters

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You leave out that the anonymous woman in question clarified, still anonymously, that it was a prank she went along with because they were all friends, as in a hazing. The tone of Jack Conway's ad in NO way suggests that detail.

18 October 2010

I wish Rand Paul was running in my state. I live in Texas.
I hope he wins the election and this is the "CHANGE" we need in
Washington DC. God Bless Rand Paul. The United States need him in DC.

I think the story is hysterical. The GQ article makes me want to vote for Rand Paul even more. It sounds like a college prank to me. It sounds like two very young irreverent men mocking the established authority. I at least hope they inhaled.

Congratulations! Finaly someone with a set of balls. If the mans a liar call him one!

So here's the deal, the NoZe Brothers do stupid stunts (when Baylor wouldn't give the recent intern president the position, they walked a donkey up on stage during Chapel handed it reins to him and walked off) They are more satirical and a group that makes fun of Baylor, but this isn't the stupidest stunt to come out of a Baylor frat, let alone ANY frat.

That said, stupid stunts are done during college. If this is the worst thing he has ever done, that's a miracle. Lord knows he'd better than half the men we already have as Senators.

Jack's just freaking out about his old fraternity stuff coming out. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) at Duke. They were banned from the school and kicked out of the national SAE organization for egregious hazing incidents and rapes and sexual assaults. This was going on while Conway was there, and there's more than just some anonymous woman making these claims. There are police reports and lawsuits you can look up about this.

Political ads are so silly and ridiculous these days. What a wacky hate ad, and even if the allegations are true i'm sure what occured is quite mild compared to the hijinks most frats do these days.

If Rand Paul called it a college prank he'd get my vote in an instant. Paul is right on the issues. But the fact Rand Paul is screaming bloody murder because he might be exposed for hypocrisy (remember his radio ads in May boasting about how he landed James Dobson's endorsement) inclines me to refuse to vote for him. I'll take an honest guy who is wrong on the issues over a snake who changes his positions when they become unpopular. I'm sick of the GOP playing social conservatives for fools and the only way to stop it is to vote for Dems.

I understand Mr. Paul being upset by Mr. Conway's comments, but as a Christian, as Mr. Paul purports he is, he should be practicing the Christian value of FORGIVENESS.

The fact that Rand's personal religion is such a focus here, or the fact that religion is being brought into this race at all, is asinine.

The fact that politicians run attack ads going after their opponent's belief system says some pretty poor things about the American voter. Because voters aren't offended and standing against tripe like this just confirms what politicians think, that their constituents are idiots.

Religion should not remotely be a consideration for public office, period.

Rand Paul should be more interested in having his Father, Ron Paul writing his agenda. That is the agenda that will get him elected. Ignore the social issues and other nonsense and focus of the essentials-government within its means, protection of the Constitution, accountability of the Federal Reserve board, and end to foreign wars and imperial adventures and protection of the borders from all enemies with strict controls on citizenship. That is the only chance for the Republic to not collapse from within. Stay on message and Jack Conway will look to the electorate like the bumbling partisan mental midget he is. Get off message and watch the tidal waves of undecided vote for a third party candidate and send Conway into office by default.

Oh ya gotta love these articles. Rand Paul is another W. Bush--privileged rich kid who doesn't know what to do with himself. Now even W. wouldn't do that to a women.

Conway should have not made that part of the debate and instead hand it over to the media to do their damage. I seen Rand Paul on interviews and he did not come across like his father instead he sounded really stupid.


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