It started with this article:
David Farenthold.  "Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005."  The Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2016.

Sen. John McCain

October 8, 2016


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today withdrawing his support of Donald Trump:

“In addition to my well known differences with Donald Trump on public policy issues, I have raised questions about his character after his comments on Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women. Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case.

“As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.

“I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it was important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. I thought I owed his supporters that deference.

“But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy. Cindy, with her strong background in human rights and respect for women fully agrees with me on this.

“Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton. We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President.”

Donald J. Trump for President
October 8, 2016


"The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world. "

Gov. Mike Pence [from his Twitter]
October 8, 2016

Statement from Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Governor Mike Pence

INDIANAPOLIS  -  Governor Mike Pence, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, today issued the following statement:

"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. 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.

Kasich for America
October 8, 2016

Release: Gov. John Kasich Statement

Gov. John Kasich issued the following statement today:

"Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me or many others. Many people were angry and questioned why I would not endorse Donald Trump or attend the Republican Convention. I’ve long had concerns with Donald Trump that go beyond his temperament. We have substantive policy differences on conservative issues like trade, our relationship with Russia, and the importance of balancing the federal budget. I’ve held out hope that he would change on those disqualifying policy positions, but he has not. I’ve also encouraged him to change his behavior for the better and offer a positive, inclusive vision for our country, but he has not.

It's clear that he hasn't changed and has no interest in doing so. As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support. The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better."
Carly Fiorina
October 8, 2016

Facebook Statement from Carly Fiorina

Donald Trump does not represent me or my party. I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities.

I have traveled the country for years warning Americans that Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President.

We must have a conservative in the White House to restore accountability, opportunity and security. For the sake of our Constitution and the rule of law, we must defeat Hillary Clinton.

Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence.

Gary Johnson 2016
October 8, 2016


Oct. 8, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT -- Govs. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld release the follow statement today addressed "to all Republicans:"

"Time to vote your conscience.

Having served as Republican Governors, we understand the sensitivities and obligations elected officials and party leaders feel toward supporting their party’s nominee for President. We’ve been there, and frankly, have experienced the discomfort of defending a President or candidate when we didn’t feel like doing so. For each of us, that is part of the liberation we feel today as we take an independent message to America’s voters.

Today, as we watch Republicans across the nation struggle with the disclosure of Donald Trump’s indefensible and embarrassing words, and the attitude toward women displayed by those words, we respect the difficult spot those Republicans are in. It can’t be easy. 

At the same time, character and trust are important. It shouldn’t matter whether a microphone is turned on or not. The conversation we have all now heard isn’t any more appropriate in a locker room than it is on national TV. America deserves better. Women certainly deserve better. And Republicans deserve better.

We speak often of reaching across party lines if elected to get things done for America. Today, we would like to reach across party lines to invite our Republican friends to join our campaign. There is a presidential ticket with two candidates who served honorably and effectively as Republican Governors, and we are it. 

Our nation and our challenges are much greater than the character or behavior of one man. Join us, and we pledge to present voters with a real alternative to what has become an embarrassing side show."

FRC Action
October 8, 2016

Tony Perkins Statement on Donald Trump Video

Washington, D.C. - Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the 2005 Donald Trump video:

"As a husband and father of three daughters, I find this behavior deeply offensive and degrading. As I have made clear, my support for Donald Trump in the general election was never based upon shared values rather it was built upon shared concerns. These concerns include the damage the Supreme Court would continue to do to this country through the appointment of activist justices, concerns over the security of our nation because of our government's refusal to confront the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, and concerns over the prospects of continued attacks by our own government upon religious freedom.

"At this point in the political process, because of our lack of engagement and involvement as Christians, not just in this election but in the government and culture as a whole, we are left with a choice of voting for the one who will do the least damage to our freedoms.

"This is far from an ideal situation, but it is the reality in which we find ourselves and as difficult as it is, I refuse to find sanctuary on the sidelines and allow the country and culture to deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last 8 years," concluded Perkins.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
October 8, 2016 facebook post

I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women. I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for president on Election Day.

Democratic National Committee
October 7, 2016

Denouncing isn’t enough.

Donald Trump’s disgusting comments about women that were revealed today demonstrate exactly who Donald Trump is—a candidate unfit for the White House.
But denouncing Trump’s obviously disgusting comments is not enough. The remaining question is whether Republicans will continue to support his candidacy and call him a role model. Trump’s abhorrent comments are not a one-off. From calling women “fat pigs” and “slobs,” to calling pregnancy an ‘inconvenience’ for employers, Donald Trump has a pattern of denigrating women and ignoring issues important to women, and he's not going to change.
Here are some of the people who've denounced Trump's comments without withdrawing endorsements:
·       Paul Ryan
·       John McCain
·       Ted Cruz
·       Marco Rubio
·       Rob Portman
·       Kelly Ayotte
·       Pat Toomey

DNC Statement on Donald Trump’s Degrading Comments about Women 

WASHINGTON – DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released the following statement:
"Donald Trump's offensive, degrading, and disgusting comments about women revealed today are beyond the pale and don't bear repeating. This was not ‘locker room banter.’ This is who Donald Trump is, and it is just the latest reminder of why he is unfit for the Presidency. He has called women ‘fat pigs,’ ‘bimbos,’ and ‘dogs.’ The only remaining question is whether Republicans will continue to stand by him and call him a role model for our children?"

October 7, 2016

I've never said I'm a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I'm not.  I've said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than a decade old video are one of them.  Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am.  I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.

I've traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me.  I've spent time with grieving mothers who've lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries and people from all walks of life who just want a better future.  I have gotten to know the great people of our country and I've been humbled by the great faith they've placed in me.  I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.

Let's be honest.  We're living in the real world.  This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.  We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were eight years ago and Washington is totally broken.  Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground.

I've said some foolish things, but there's a big difference between the word and actions of other people.  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.