Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after 'Access Hollywood' tape came out: report

Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after 'Access Hollywood' tape came out: report
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Vice President Pence reportedly told the Republican National Committee (RNC) that he could replace President Trump on the ballot after the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced last year.

The Atlantic reported that Pence made clear to the RNC that he could assume the position of the party's nominee.

At the time, there was reportedly talk about making Pence the nominee and former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice his running mate.

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At a meeting with Trump's top advisers after the tape surfaced, former RNC chairman Reince Priebus told Trump that Pence and Rice were "ready to step in," The Atlantic reported

Priebus, who went on to become Trump's chief of staff before leaving the post earlier this year, warned the advisers that Trump would lose if he didn't drop out, according to the publication.

An aide to Pence, however, said that the vice president never told the RNC he could step in.

A spokeswoman for the vice president in a tweet called the claim "tired" and "false."

"Didn't happen," Alyssa Farah said.

In the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, Trump is heard making lewd comments about women. 

The tape recently came back into focus after a report that Trump told a senator earlier this year that the recording may not be authentic.

"Access Hollywood" pushed back on the claim, saying they wanted to make "perfectly clear" that the tape is "very real."

--This report was updated at 10:39 a.m.