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Donald Trump shakes Mike Pence's hand after the governor is named his vice presidential running mate.

WISCONSIN — Gov. Mike Pence will no longer substitute for Donald Trump at a GOP campaign event in Wisconsin Saturday, according to Politico.

Gov. Pence was scheduled to take Trump’s place at the event. The presidential nominee was dis-invited hours after he and then “Access Hollywood” correspondent Billy Bush were caught making degrading comments about women on a 2005 video.

“I am sickened by what I heard today,” Speak Paul Ryan said in a statement. “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”

Other top Republicans are publicly distancing themselves from their party’s presidential nominee in the aftermath of the tapes. That includes Pence’s lieutenant governor and Republican candidate for governor Eric Holcomb.

Many Republicans are now calling for Gov. Pence to be added to the top of the national ticket instead of Trump.  Although it’s too late in the game for that,  a POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll showed 22% of Republicans want Pence as their nominee in 2020 should Hillary Clinton win in November.  That’s nine percentage points above both Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, who each had 13%.

Pence himself has yet to comment on the Trump tapes. Trump indicated he will spend Saturday preparing for Sunday’s debate against Clinton.