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Pence doesn't condone, cannot defend Trump video comments

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Mike Pence speaks in Johnstown at JWF Industries. (WJAC)

Republican presidential candidate Mike Pence Saturday said he couldn't defend his running-mate's sexually aggressive comments unearthed in an 11 year old video that was released Friday.

"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday," Pence said in a statement. "I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night."

Pence was scheduled to replace Trump at a Republican unity event in Wisconsin alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan Saturday afternoon. Pence announced he would not be attending the event prior to the release of his statement.

In the hours that followed the release of the 2005 video, a number of Republicans began voicing their support for Pence to lead the ticket in November. Trump told newspapers Saturday morning there was "zero chance" he'd quit the race.


This story will be updated.


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