U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz says he can no longer endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump following Trump's lewd remarks about women . Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scrambled to prevent his campaign from falling apart early on Saturday (October 8) with a hastily prepared video statement expressing regret for making lewd comments about women. A stream of Republican leaders condemned Trump's lewd remarks, but a few lawmakers distanced themselves further. U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has been one of Clinton's fiercest critics, said he had retracted his endorsement of Trump, saying he would not be able to look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye if he voted for Trump. "I'm out. I can no longer, in good conscious, endorse this person for president. It is, some of the most abhorrent, and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine," Chaffetz said. Trump declared himself a changed man, but raised the infidelities of former President Bill Clinton and slammed his Democratic opponent in the November 8 election, Hillary Clinton, saying he would talk more about their past in coming days. Disclosure of a 2005 video of Trump talking on an open microphone showed the then-reality TV star speaking openly about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman. Democrats have sought to highlight such behavior to prevent women voters from supporting him with less than a month to go until the election. The video landed just ahead of the second presidential debate on Sunday (October 9) night, which had been seen as critical for Trump to try to rebound from a dip in some opinion polls after a rocky performance in the first debate.