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Yesterday's debates

COLORADO: “Colorado's Republican Senate candidate, under pressure to defend himself against allegations he has abandoned the far-right in favor of appealing to moderate voters, compared homosexuality to alcoholism in a televised debate with the man he's trying to unseat,” the AP writes of Buck’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory. After Gregory asked if he believes being gay is a choice, Buck said yes, and followed up, saying, "I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice."

The debate made news locally in Colorado as well.

KENTUCKY: “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul angrily accused Democratic rival Jack Conway of descending ‘into the gutter’ with a TV ad questioning Paul's faith and demanded an apology during a Sunday night debate that turned bitterly personal. Paul denounced the commercial during his opening statement and quoted Scripture to deflect the attack while calling himself a ‘pro-life Christian.’ … The issue flared again in the closing moments, when Paul declared he would not shake Conway's hand afterward, stating: ‘I will not be associated with someone who attacks my religion.’”

“A debate filled with unabashed personal attacks concluded Sunday night with Republican Rand Paul briskly brushing past Democrat Jack Conway, refusing to shake the hand of an opponent who raised questions about his religious beliefs,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. “Paul's initial comments in the debate focused on a Conway TV ad that began airing over the weekend that says that while in college at Baylor University, Paul was in a secret brotherhood that mocked Christianity.”