Pence says he was ‘offended and wounded’ by Trump’s lewd comments, ‘cannot condone or defend them’

Donald Trump shakes hands with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, his running mate, at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 21, 2016. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 8, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has released an online statement saying that “as a husband and father” he “was offended and wounded by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video” released Friday by The Washington Post.

The GOP’s vice presidential candidate posted the comment on his Twitter account late Saturday morning as the fallout continues over lewd comments made by Mr. Trump prior to taping a segment on “Access Hollywood” back in 2005.

“I do not condone the remarks and I cannot defend them,” Pence said. “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.”

Since the release of the video, there have been calls for Trump to step aside and let Pence lead the GOP ticket. Two of those calls were made Friday night by Utah politicians Sen. Mike Lee and ex-Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Mr. Trump released a video Friday night and apologized for his statements, saying that he would work to become “a better man.” He also used the opportunity to broadside the Clinton campaign.

“I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.

“See you at the debate on Sunday.”

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