The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that MSNBC was not required to include long-shot presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in its Tuesday night debate. The court held that to force the broadcaster to cancel its debate if it would not allow Kucinich to participate would be an unconstitutional prior restraint on NBC’s First Amendment rights.
Kucinich had filed a lawsuit in Nevada state court asking it to require his inclusion after the Federal Communications Commission denied aid — FCC rules do not apply to cable broadcasters. A lower court had ordered the network to allow Kucinich to participate, but the unanimous state Supreme Court held he could not block the debate from going forward without him.
This is not the first time Kucinich has taken action in a bid for a spot on the debate stage.