Trump's crude remarks put running mate Pence in awkward spot

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence said he can not condone or defend Donald Trump's comments about women.

Pence has also opted not to fill in for Trump at a campaign event Saturday in Wisconsin.

The appearance would have been the pair's first together.

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock is calling on Donald Trump to abandon his presidential bid, saying she can't vote for him in "good conscience".

A campaign spokesman for Pence said Saturday he would "not engage in hypotheticals" over questions of Pence's record. In the video, Trump is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. "But there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people". Rather than answering Raddatz's question directly, Trump punted, citing the support of the "200 admirals and generals" he had received.

Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota's lone U.S. House member, tweeted that Trump's comments are "repulsive" but she didn't call for him to be replaced. "Our kids' futures depend on this election and I will tell you just for me, and I don't want this to happen but I will tell you for me personally if Hillary Clinton gets in, I myself, I'm ready for a revolution because we can't have her in", she said emotionally.

Mike Pence dissuaded a female supporter Tuesday from starting a revolution in the wake of a Hillary Clinton victory in a passionate exchange here in Iowa during a town hall. Pence had said six days earlier that he and Trump supported so-called safe zones for refugees fleeing violence in the civil war, but that the US should also be prepared to conduct military strikes on Russian-backed Syrian government targets to protect innocents trapped in the city of Aleppo.

However, after the debate The Indianapolis Star cited a Pence campaign source who said that the Indiana governor was "100%" sticking with Trump on the GOP ticket (this, apparently, despite one exchange during the debate when Trump openly disagreed with his running mate on Syria).

"If he says, 'I may have said those things but I never did them, ' that's one thing, but I think the tape raises an terrible lot of questions, and if you take that tape as Donald is actually describing his actions, then yeah, it is a pattern of assaultive behavior and it's much more than words", Kaine continued.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado tweeted: "If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so - step aside". He also brags to Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.

Zwick told The Associated Press that a write-in or "sticker campaign" relying on social media could "actually work". No, I'm not quitting this race. Such comments were distinctively at odds with her tough talk about trade and Wall Street during the primary campaign.

There's never been a winning write-in campaign in a USA presidential contest.

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