Walker, Ryan, Johnson all skipping Trump


Trump's campaign is thus still alive while we watch the GOP commit a form of suicide as it fears national polls and the news media more than its own voters.

Toomey, along with other Republican candidates in swing states, are in a politically perilous situation because numerous Republican base's supporters - who are needed on Election Day - support Trump and might turned off by congressional candidates who openly oppose the GOP nominee.

Ryan has been relatively mum since he privately told House Republicans this week that he wouldn't campaign or be seen with Trump and would devote himself to maintaining his party's congressional majority.

The party's rift deepened on Monday, when House Speaker Paul Ryan - the party's top elected official - told hundreds of fellow House Republicans that he would no longer "defend" Trump.

Ryan had said Monday he would not defend or campaign with Trump.

"Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn't for Trump, then I'm not for Paul Ryan", Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., said Wednesday on Twitter.

The general message of the day: the Republican Party is just going to have to work with what it has got.

Ryan told Republican members of his decision in a conference call Monday morning, according to someone on the call.

Ryan used his remarks to attack Clinton and her Democratic allies, drawing a contrast that many Republicans believe can help their congressional candidates win re-election. CNN's post-debate poll of debate watchers showed more than half thought Trump exceeded expectations but still rated Clinton the victor by a comfortable margin. But during Sunday's debate, he dismissed his language as "locker room talk" and accused Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, of being "abusive to women". Ryan's effectively abandoning Trump prompted criticism from some Republicans who indicated they might not back him as speaker. "I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn't be there". At least 40 Republican senators and congressmen have revoked their support for the embattled Republican nominee - with almost 30 of them urging him to quit the race altogether.

They show that Republicans - who started moving en masse against Trump after the revelations in the videotape - faced a backlash regardless of whether they continued to support Trump or not. Walker condemned Trump for the remarks but did not comment Thursday on the new allegations and he has not reiterated his support for Trump since the audio was released.

John McCain - the 2008 Republican presidential nominee - who withdrew his endorsement of the Trump over the weekend.

Trump said if the 2005 tape is what pushed wavering Republicans over the edge, that's just sad.

"Paul Ryan is my friend but, yeah, I respectfully disagree with his focus in this campaign", Pence said.

His campaign released a new ad that focuses on Clinton's recent bout with pneumonia.

"Hillary Clinton doesn't have the fortitude, strength or stamina to lead in our world", the narrator declares.

The evidence does indicate there was communication between the two about a court hearing date. They would have been publicly posted in advance on the court's docket.

To drive up enthusiasm, Trump mined the new trove of leaked emails to attack Clinton.

The name and email address of the person who shared the information with Fallon had been deleted. But the speaker's latest comments mark the first time he's essentially abandoned his party's nominee.



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