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Jack Conway Agrees To Debate Rand Paul On Fox News, Challenges Him To 'Meet The Press' Debate

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/19/10 06:06 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

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Jack Conway has agreed to debate Rand Paul on Fox News if Paul will meet him on an NBC news program.

Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway, the man set to face Rand Paul in November for the open Senate seat of retiring Republican Senator Jim Bunning, has agreed to go head-to-head with Paul on Fox News on one condition -- if Paul also agrees to a match-up on NBC's "Meet the Press," the program Paul famously bailed on earlier this year.

At a press conference regarding the work he has done combating cyber-crimes over his two-year tenure as attorney general, Conway told reporters that he had been told that "Meet the Press" wanted to launch this election cycle's Senate candidate debate series with the contentious race between Conway and Paul in Kentucky.

"I've accepted that," Conway said Wednesday, according to the Times-Tribune of Corbin, Kentucky. "I'm willing to go on Fox News with Chris Wallace if he's willing to do Meet the Press."

Paul's campaign has not yet responded to Conway's proposal, but Paul has said before that he was interested in taking part in six debates with his opponent, with a single nationally televised meeting to take place on Fox News.

Rand Paul's last national, non-Fox News appearance took place in May, on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program, when the then-recently victorious Tea Party-backed Republican created a national firestorm with controversial comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He later canceled an appearance on "Meet the Press," becoming only the third invitee to do so in the show's 62-year history. Since then, however, Paul has been a regular guest on Fox News's national programs, but notoriously dodged a local Fox affiliate earlier this month.

There has been more overlap in the candidates' political views over the past month, with Paul and Conway both coming to the conclusion that the proposed "Ground Zero Mosque" should be built elsewhere, and that the Bush Tax Cuts should be extended.

Paul currently leads Conway by between five and ten points in most polls.

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