Tonight’s Debate Could Get Very Personal

A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos

Tonight’s Town Hall Presidential debate in St. Louis, could get very personal. Will Donald Trump address the audio tape of him commenting about groping women? Will Hillary Clinton bring up the issue.

Will Trump bring up the sexual history of Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton?

The morning headlines:

Politico: Exclusive poll: GOP voters want the party to stand by Trump

A wave of Republican officials abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, but, at least for now, rank-and-file Republicans are standing by the party’s presidential candidate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after audio was unearthed Friday that had the GOP nominee crudely bragging about groping women and trying to lure a married woman into an affair.

Overall, fewer than four-in-10 voters — 39 percent — think Trump should end his presidential campaign, while only slightly more voters, 45 percent, think he should not drop out.

Time: Hillary Clinton Awaits Debate As Donald Trump’s Campaign Burns

In the deafening roar that blew across television networks, front-page newspapers and Americans’ kitchen table conversations after the release of a recording of Donald Trump bragging about groping women, one voice was noticeably silent: Hillary Clinton.

In the hours after the video broke, pundits yelled the word “p-ssy” on television. A rock-ribbed Republican governor and GOP members of Congress from Utah, West Virginia and Alabama called on Trump to step down as the nominee, along with some 30 other stalwart party lawmakerswho said voters should not support the nominee. Melania Trump was remorseful: her husband’s words, she said in a statement, “are unacceptable and offensive to me.”

RealClearPolitics: More Republicans Un-Endorse Trump

More than two-dozen elected Republican officials rescinded their endorsements of GOP nominee Donald Trump Saturday or called on him to exit the presidential race, sending his already flagging campaign into a tailspin as the party struggles with whether to continue backing him.

In an unprecedented desertion of a major party’s nominee, the steady stream of un-endorsements began Friday evening and continued through Saturday with senators, House members and several governors saying they could no longer support or vote for Trump after a 2005 audio recording surfaced Friday in which he made lewd remarks about women, including comments about making unwanted sexual advances.

Los Angeles Times: Donald Trump has a default setting: What I did may be bad, but Bill Clinton has done even worse

Whenever Donald Trump has gotten in trouble for boorish behavior, he’s had a standard response: That may be bad, but Bill Clinton has done much worse.

It was his first inclination Friday, when a lurid tape surfaced from 2005, filled with randy and contemptuous remarks about women.

“Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close,” Trump said in a sorry-if-I-offended-anyone non-apology apology.

It was his second inclination early Saturday morning, when he released a video saying he was, indeed, sorry, before segueing into an attack on Clinton and his wife, Hillary, the Democratic presidential nominee.




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