Govs. John Kasich (R-OH), Robert Bentley (R-AL), Brian Sandoval (R-NV), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), and Bill Haslam (R-TN) withdrew support from Donald Trump this weekend in response to released video of him bragging about sexually assaulting women. All of them are term-limited and cannot seek reelection.
Kasich: “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.” (release)
Bentley: “I certainly won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, but I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump.” (Montgomery Advertiser)
Sandoval: “I cannot support him as my party’s nominee.” (Ralston Reports)
Daugaard: “Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence. This election is too important.” (Twitter)
Haslam: “It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the office of President.” (The Tennessean)
CA GOV: Environmentalist megadonor Tom Steyer (D) “on Friday debuted in an ad for Proposition 56, the $2-a-pack tobacco tax increase. He called the issue ‘very personal’ because his mother was a longtime smoker and died of lung cancer. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) … spent part of Thursday in the studio cutting a spot for Proposition 51, the $9 billion school construction bond.” (Sacramento Bee)
MI GOV: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R), a potential candidate for governor, “became the first Michigan Republican leader on Saturday to renounce his endorsement of [Donald] Trump. … Calley called on Trump to step aside.” (Detroit News)
NY GOV: Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino (R), is standing by Donald Trump “after the release of a 2005 video showing him bragging about groping women.” Paladino is Trump’s New York chairman. Paladino “said he didn’t condone Trump’s remarks, but insisted the press is making too much of them.” (Buffalo News)
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