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Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, was escorted off Hofstra University’s campus Monday afternoon following an impromptu news conference with reporters, a Nassau County police spokesman told the Press.

Stein, who did not secure the requisite 15-percent polling threshold to get on the debate stage, had apparently gained access to the campus and was speaking with reporters when she was removed from the campus.

A police spokesman said Stein did not have proper credentials to be on Hofstra University’s campus. It was unclear how the long-shot presidential candidate entered Hofstra’s grounds, the police spokesman said.

On Twitter, Stein suggested she was authorized to be at Hofstra.

More than 1,000 police officers are providing security in and around Hofstra, and various checkpoints have been set up throughout the sprawling campus to avoid people without credentials from gaining access to secure areas.

According to her Twitter profile, Stein was escorted out and placed into a van, which was stopped twice by authorities.

Stein is expected to hold a demonstration outside the campus Monday evening along with several hundred of her supporters.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is trying to exclude myself and Gary Johnson from the debate on Monday night on the campus of Hofstra University,” she wrote on a Facebook event page. “I’m going to be there anyway. The American public has a right to hear real debate about real issues affecting real people.”

Stein was famously arrested outside the gates of Hofstra during the 2012 presidential debate.

(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

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