The Senate's no. 3 Republican is calling on Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJudd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs Week ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced MORE to drop out of the presidential race following leaked audio of the GOP nominee making lewd sexual comments about women in 2005 .
Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneSeven major players in Trump's trillion infrastructure push Trump’s great tech opportunity is in spectrum sharing Norquist warns GOP: Don’t link taxes, infrastructure MORE (R-S.D.) tweeted on Saturday that Trump "should withdraw and Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceN. Korea warns it could sink US carrier ‘with a single strike’: report Pence visits kangaroos at Sydney zoo on last leg of Asia-Pacific trip Long lines at North Korea gas stations prompt questions over potential fuel shortage MORE should be our nominee effective immediately."
Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 8, 2016
Thune, Republican Conference Chairman and chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joins a growing chorus of Republicans calling on Trump to be replaced by Pence on the GOP presidential ticket.
Trump on Saturday said there's "zero chance" he will leave the race.
The top Republican in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJuan Williams: Trump's 100 days wound GOP Judd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs This week: Congress returns to government shutdown fight MORE (R-Ky.), has not called for Trump to leave the race. Late Friday night, he issued a statement calling Trump's remarks "repugnant and unacceptable in any circumstance."
"As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape," McConnell said in a statement.
On the tape, Trump boasts about his aggressive handling of women, who he said will let him do anything because he's a celebrity.
- This story was updated at 1:24 p.m.