From NBC's Ali Weinberg
The national security sparring match between Kentucky GOP Senate candidates Trey Grayson and Rand Paul continues, with the release of Paul's newest TV ad. In it, Paul counters Grayson's accusations that he would be weak on national security issues.
In a past ad, Grayson claimed that Paul has "strange ideas" on defense, noting his support of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility and past statements suggesting Paul downplays the threat of Afghan extremists.
"Even though the 9/11 attacks began there, Paul thinks that Afghanistan is not a threat to our national security," Grayson said in the ad released on March 10.
Paul's new 30-second ad first affirms his outrage at the 9/11 attacks and support of the war in Afghanistan. Then it strongly criticizes Grayson for his claims.
"America was attacked and fighting back was the right thing to do," Paul says. "Now, desperate Trey Grayson is using 9/11 to attack my integrity and my patriotism." He continues, "Trey Grayson, your shameful TV ad is a lie, and it dishonors you."