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article imageTV network says Libertarian candidate has no money, can't win

By Alex Allen     Jun 2, 2014 in Politics
Louisville - A Kentucky television network has refused to allow the Libertarian Party candidate into the televised debates, suggesting that he has no money and no chances of winning the election.
"A Libertarian candidate has zero chance of winning this election." That's not quite the response a concerned voter was looking for when he contacted the president of WDRB News, the local FOX news affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. The voter contacted Bill Lamb, who recently extended an invitation to Kentucky Senatorial candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes for a televised debate, asking him to extend an invitation to the Libertarian Party candidate, David Patterson, as well.
According to Patterson's official campaign Facebook page, Mr. Lamb allegedly responded to the Patterson supporter by saying that Mr. Patterson had "zero chance of winning" and would "take precious time away from the only two candidates with a chance to win." The screenshot on Facebook reads as follows:
I've never heard of Mr. Patterson, which is part of the problem. A Libertarian candidate has zero chance of winning this election. He has no name recognition and no money to gain name recognition. While one could argue he might add some interesting ideas to a debate, he would also take precious time away from the only two candidates with a chance to win. To me, that's not fair to the viable candidates nor to the voters who want to hear from the only two candidate who can win.
In the screenshot message, Lamb went on to thank the Patterson supporter for his idea but explained that the "cold hard truth" was that Patterson would not be able to participate in the debates on his network.
Patterson himself responded on Facebook by saying that that "type of suppression" was "wholly unjust" and that he would "not let it stand."
As of September, 2013, there are nearly 3,500 registered Libertarian Party voters in the state of Kentucky. There are well over 300,000 registered Libertarians nationwide.
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