Mike Pence roused a few hundred enthusiastic supporters here Monday, showing that whatever doubts he may have had over the weekend about being Donald Trump's running mate were behind him, at least in public.
“As I come before you today, it’s been an interesting few days,” he said early in his speech, drawing nervous chuckles. “But I got to tell you, I joined this campaign in a heartbeat because you have nominated a man for president who never quits.”
Pence called Trump a fighter and a winner who showed on the debate stage that he “embodies the spirit of America.”
Trump, returning to the campaign trail for the first time after his past disparaging comments about women were revealed in a leaked recording, seemed hardly chastened Monday by the battering his campaign has withstood.
In a pair of rallies in Pennsylvania, Trump was playful, defiant and unabashed in his appeal to his base, doubling down on his threats to prosecute Hillary Clinton should he be elected and signaling more attacks on her husband's infidelities.
Since a 2005 tape of "Access Hollywood" footage showing Donald Trump bragging about groping women leaked on Friday, rumors have swirled about more damaging recordings from "The Apprentice," the Republican nominee's reality show.
Now the show's producer is denying reports that he's keeping tapes under wraps to protect Trump.
Seeking to clamp down on speculation that the GOP was primed to cut its presidential nominee loose, party Chairman Reince Priebus told Republican National Committee members that the organization continues to stand behind and work with Donald Trump.
According to two party members on an RNC conference call Monday, Priebus said there was no change in the party's coordination with the Trump campaign, and he said the RNC's Victory project, dedicated to helping Trump, was still operating, despite media reports last weekend to the contrary.
The call came hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan told his caucus that he would no longer campaign with Trump, focusing his efforts on congressional races again. The decision underscored the deepening fractures in the GOP following the revelation of Trump's crude comments in 2005 about groping women.
A federal judge ordered Florida to allow voters to register until Wednesday evening, agreeing with Democratic Party lawyers that the deadline should be extended because of disruption from Hurricane Matthew.
The original deadline was Tuesday, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott had resisted requests to push it back.
"Hurricane Matthew not only forced many of those voters to evacuate the state, but also foreclosed the only methods of registering to vote: in person or by mail," wrote Judge Mark Walker. "As a result, Florida’s statutory framework completely disenfranchises thousands of voters, and amounts to a severe burden on the right to vote."
Oct. 10, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
I consider myself, in a certain way, to be a blue-collar worker.
Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Ambridge, Pa.
Republicans faced a deepening split in their ranks Monday as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan declared he would no longer defend Donald Trump and instead focus the last four weeks of the presidential campaign on preserving the GOP’s majority in Congress.
He urged fellow lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to win Nov. 8, effectively declaring every man and woman for themselves.
Ryan drew an immediate backlash on Capitol Hill and at the party’s grass roots as loyalists were stunned at the spectacle of the top elected Republican in the country cutting loose the GOP standard-bearer 29 days before the election.
Hillary Clinton brushed off Donald Trump's attacks and doubled down on her own at her first post-debate rally here Monday, using a "real billionaire" to counter the Republican's claims about his own taxes.
Clinton told a crowd of more than 3,000 supporters in Detroit that each of them had probably paid more in federal income taxes than Trump.
She cited Warren Buffett's new statement that he has paid federal income taxes every year since 1944, and was prepared to release all 72 years of his returns — none of which use a loophole that Trump employed to avoid paying taxes by writing off nearly a billion dollars in losses.
Donald Trump's electoral prospects may have been badly bruised in recent days, but the faithful fans streaming into a high school gym here in western Pennsylvania on Monday said they were as committed as ever to the embattled GOP nominee.
Waiting in line before Trump's first rally since leaked audio emerged of the him crudely boasting of groping women, Ken Rice of Perryopolis said he was not shaken by the revelation.
"He admitted he was wrong," said Rice, a 62-year-old trucker. "You shouldn't disparage ladies, but they all do it."