18:05 GMT09 May 2021
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    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said she was escorted by police from the university campus in New York state where Republican and Democratic nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing for their first debate.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The incident took place just hours before the two US major-party candidates’ debate at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island.

    ​“We were on our way to an interview with MSNBC when we were stopped by Hofstra security and Nassau County police just now," Stein wrote in a Twitter message.

    According to Stein, officers with the Nassau County Police Department asked the candidate if she had credentials required to enter the debate premises.

    Neither Stein nor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson was invited to participate in Monday’s debate because they had failed to attract at least 15 percent of likely voters’ support in national opinion polls.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates set the poll-support threshold as a condition of participating in Monday’s event.

    In another Twitter post on Monday, Stein cited opinion polls in asserting that 75 percent of Americans want “open debates” and deserve to have all candidates represented on stage.

    Stein added that she would respond to Monday’s debate via social media.


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