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Rand Paul and Jim Gray trade jabs in first and only US Senate debate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- On this Halloween night, we were treated with the first and only debate in Kentucky's U.S. senate race. And there were no tricks that would derail either candidate.

The two shook hands before the statewide debate on KET, but that was the last of the niceties.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was the aggressor, repeatedly going after Senator Rand Paul's record ... or what he calls the lack of a record. Gray said Paul is more interested in being president than senator.

Paul defended himself, saying he has a 96 percent voting record. He repeatedly tried to tie Gray to the policies of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, which Paul says have killed the state's economy.

Here's one exchange prompted by a challenge from Gray.

Gray: "He's not thinking about Kentuckians and Kentuckians' needs and challenges and problems. That's what I'm committed to: serving Kentucky. He has not even agreed that he'll serve a full term. I made a pledge I would serve a full term. And I'll ask him now. Senator, will you serve a full term in the U.S. Senate if you're elected?"

Paul: "You know, the funny thing about hypocrisy is people come up with these things and it's like, 'Well Mayor, are you going to serve a full term as Mayor?' You're the only one running for two offices. In fact, if anybody up here is distracted by running for two offices, it's you."

Paul says his top priority is tackling the national debt. Gray says his is jobs, jobs and more jobs.

They clashed on issues ranging from national security to the minimum wage. Afterward, Paul did not answer reporters questions, saying only it was a good exchange of ideas.

Gray said he was just happy the Paul finally agreed to a debate. He added that it's for others to decide who won or lost.

The voters have their say in a week.

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