LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday morning about whether a Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate should be included in a highly anticipated televised debate.
David Patterson sued Kentucky Educational Television because it did not invite him to participate in Monday's debate between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Patterson, a police officer from Harrodsburg, is on the ballot as a Libertarian.
Kentucky's Senate race is among the most closely watched in the nation, and Monday's debate will be the only time the two candidates appear together on statewide television.
Patterson argued in court documents that KET excluded him because of his political beliefs. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.