Libertarian Files Complaint Over Senate Debate Exclusion

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    Republican Ted Cruz, left, and Democrat Paul Sadler are debating Tuesday night.

    The Libertarian candidate for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat has filed a federal complaint saying he was unfairly excluded from a debate between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler.

    Cruz and Sadler meet Tuesday night in a debate hosted by WFAA-TV in Dallas. They are seeking to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    Libertarian John Jay Myers alleges in a Sept. 25 complaint to the Federal Communications Commission that WFAA's criteria for inviting candidates was based on "partisan favoritism."

    Myers said the station told him it used five criteria, including holding previous elected office. He said Cruz doesn't meet all the requirements.

    Cruz was appointed state solicitor general, serving from 2003 until 2008. Sadler is an ex-state representative.

    Myers plans to respond to his opponents' debate comments via YouTube.