Libertarian Michael Beitler said he was disappointed that he would not be included in the two U.S. Senate debates being sponsored by the N.C. Association of Broadcasters.
“If you are on the ballot, you should be included in the debate,” Beitler said. “ By excluding qualified candidates, the media is denying voters the ability to make an informed choice.”
The broadcasters said they were limiting the debates to Republican Sen. Richard Burr and his Democratic Challenger Elaine Marshall, reports Rob Christensen. The televised debates will be held Oct. 11 and Oct. 21 at the UNC-TV studios in the Research Triangle Park. The broadcasters said Beitler did not meet the threshold of support in the polls.
Beitler will participate in a televised debate hosted by NBC-17 on Oct. 13
Beitler meanwhile, announced that anti-war activist Adam Kokesh will be the keynote speaker at what he is calling his election season kickoff on Friday at the Greensboro Airport Marriott. Kokesh, an Iraq War veteran, is a grass roots activist and politician who ran in a GOP congressional primary in Texas earlier this year.