McConnell, Grimes Face Off In First Televised Debate

The only televised debate between U.S. Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes is set for Monday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

It will air on Kentucky Educational Television, and those candidates will be the only ones debating.

David Patterson, the Libertarian candidate in this tight U.S. Senate race, sued KET to be included in the hour debate. A US district judge ruled in KET’s favor.

Patterson argued KET discriminated against him, claiming there were e-mails between officials about tightening the criteria to participate to exclude non-serious candidates. He also said his First Amendment rights had been violated.

The US district judge did not agree.

"The First Amendment is not a rule of quantity at any cost. Voters may actually benefit by a forum or debate that includes only those candidates that have a realistic chance of winning rather than many voices competing for very limited time," wrote Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in his ruling.

Patterson, a Harrodsburg police officer, sent out a statement saying "regular Kentuckians" were the losers in the decision.

Neither McConnell’s nor Grimes’ campaign have responded to the ruling.

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