A day after facing off with Hillary Clinton in the second presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump campaigned in Pennsylvania. Trump spoke at a rally at Ambridge Area Senior High School in Ambridge, Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. He then traveled to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he spoke at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 7 p.m.
The campaign events came as Trump continues to battle to rescue his campaign after the release last week of a 2005 video in which he is heard bragging about how his fame allowed him to "do anything" to women. Several leading Republicans have withdrawn their support or even called for him to drop out of the race.
Questioned at Sunday's debate about his vulgar remarks, Trump turned his fire on the Democrats. He accused Bill Clinton of having been "abusive to women" and said Hillary Clinton went after those women "viciously." He declared the Democratic nominee had "tremendous hate in her heart" and should be in jail.
"Anything to avoid talking about your campaign and the way it's exploding," Clinton countered.
During Monday's rally in Ambridge, Trump said Clinton was "the worst abuser of women" to ever sit in the Oval Office. He claimed the media "condemned my words" but ignored what Clinton did.
He said the "last 72 hours has framed what this election is all about."
He said that it's about the "American people fighting back against corrupt politicians who don't care about anything except for staying in power."
Trump got backing Monday from his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who gave a series of television interviews, urging Republicans to stand behind Trump.
"This is a choice between two futures," Pence declared, saying he never considered leaving Trump's ticket.
"I'm honored to be standing with him," Pence said.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan told his party Monday he's focusing his efforts on keeping majorities in the House and will no longer defend Trump, and while his office insisted he's not dropping his support for Trump, the announcement gave the impression Ryan was conceding the election.
For voters appalled by Trump's words, the businessman's debate performance likely did little to ease their concerns. He denied he had kissed and groped women without their consent, dismissing his claims that he had as "locker room" talk.