INDIANAPOLIS – Instead of traveling to Wisconsin to replace Donald Trump at a rally alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan Saturday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence remained in Indianapolis.
His motorcade was seen leaving the governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon, en route to a private fundraiser for the campaign in Rhode Island Saturday night.
“It is a troubling situation,” Ryan said, who initially was scheduled to be standing alongside Trump. “I’m serious it is.”
The Washington Post first publish video Friday afternoon that has since spiraled the Trump campaign into crisis mode and generated unprecedented backlash from his own party less than a month before Election Day.
The video, capturing Trump on an open microphone in 2005 during a conversation with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, depicts the Republican presidential nominee bragging about groping and trying to have sex with women.
In an extraordinary rebuke of his own running mate, Pence said in a statement Saturday he was “offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump.”
Pence added, “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.”
Trump and Clinton will meet for their second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis Sunday evening.
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” Trump said in a pre-recorded video statement early Saturday morning, hours after the video was made public.
For his part Saturday, Trump remained defiant, who appeared outside Trump Tower to a crowd of cheering supporters. He told major newspapers like The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal he will never quit the race.
“It’s a serious question,” Rep. Todd Young said in an interview with FOX59 when asked whether he will still vote for Trump. “I’m not sure yet. I’m giving it very serious consideration. I do know I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton.”
Young is in a heated race himself for U.S. Senate, a race that will help determine control of the chamber, in a close match-up with former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
“Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that the attitude towards women on display in this recording is deeply disturbing and has no place in our society," Bayh said in a statement.
Meantime across the country, a growing chorus of Republicans have called on Trump to drop out of the race.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Saturday he will write-in another candidate.
And a count by the New York Times Saturday night showed 36 Republican members of Congress and governors disavowing Trump's candidacy.
“I think every Hoosier agrees they’re highly offensive and inappropriate,” Young said. “And with respect to my support, it’s a very serious question, and I’ve given it very serious consideration.”
Indiana Republicans, though, were cautious of completely disavowing a Trump candidacy.
Congressman Luke Messer (R-Ind.) called Trump's apology "a rare occurrence."
"My hope is he will do more to explain how he may have changed in the ten years since these disturbing and disrespectful comments were made," he said.
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) called the comments "completely inappropriate and offensive."
“I was very disgusted by it quite frankly,” she said. “This type of words and actions as described are beneath the role of President of the United States. And I’ll leave it at that.”