Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence will no longer be attending a campaign event in Wisconsin with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), according to multiple reports.
Pence was slated to attend the event with Ryan after Republican nominee Donald Trump was dropped from the event late Friday, following a bombshell story from the Washington Post that leaked several minutes of lewd audio from Trump in 2005.
NEW: @NBCNews has learned Mike Pence is not going to the Wisconsin GOP event today.— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) October 8, 2016
Pence, however, was not disinvited to the event. Rather, he personally chose to no longer attend, according to Politico reporter Matthew Nussbaum.
MORE: Pence WAS NOT disinvited, but decided on his own not to go, per a senior Pence aide.— Matthew Nussbaum (@MatthewNussbaum) October 8, 2016
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Pence said he was "offended by the words and actions" of Trump, adding that he doesn't "condone" them nor can he "defend" them.
The full statement read:
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.
Many influential Republican and conservative figures have called on Trump to step down as the GOP presidential nominee in the wake of the leaked audio, including a handful of GOP senators and representatives.
(H/T: The Hill)