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Judge Denies Libertarian Request For Debate Inclusion

Libertarian U-S Senate candidate David Patterson will not appear with Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes when they debate on Monday.

A federal judge has denied Patterson's request to force Kentucky Educational Television to include him in Monday night's debate between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled that KET did not exclude David Patterson from the debate solely because of his political views. Patterson argued KET had discriminated against him based on thousands of pages of emails where KET officials discussed tightening the criteria to participate in the debate so as to exclude non-serious candidates.

Libertarian Party of Kentucky chairman Ken Moellman said he was not happy with the decision but said the state party does not have enough money to appeal the ruling. McConnell and Grimes are scheduled to appear on KET at 8 p.m. Monday.

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