More Republicans call on Trump to quit race: More top Republicans withdraw support for Trump - Washington Post

14:42 Oct. 9, 2016

More top Republicans withdraw support for Trump - Washington Post

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall in Sandown, Oct.6 2016 (AP Images)

Trump on calls to quit race: "I'd never withdraw. I've never withdrawn in my life" 

The Republican Party plunged into an epic and historic political crisis Saturday with just a month to go until Election Day as a growing wave of GOP lawmakers called on defiant presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race in the wake of a video showing him make crude sexual remarks.

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By midafternoon Saturday, more than two dozen Republican lawmakers had called on Trump to leave the race, often touting vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as an alternative. Others including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee, said they could no longer vote for Trump but stopped short of calling on him to drop out. Still, the Republican Party's top leadership — including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and party chairman Reince Priebus — continued to support Trump even as they denounced his comments.

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Trump, who offered a qualified apology for the remarks in an overnight video statement while also attacking former president Bill Clinton, told he would not drop out under any circumstances.

"I'd never withdraw. I've never withdrawn in my life", Trump said. "No, I'm not quitting this race. I have tremendous support". 

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