Pence: 'Cannot defend' Trump lewd remarks

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhite House crowd sings 'Happy Birthday' to Trump Trump won't say if he'd endorse Pence in 2024 Trump has discussed backing Amash challenger: report MORE on Saturday said he was “offended” by obscene comments that his running mate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE made in a video from 2005 that surfaced Friday.

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“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday,” the Indiana governor said in a statement.

“I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.”

Pence added that he was “grateful” for Trump’s apology and that he is praying for the mogul’s family, adding that he is looking forward “to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night” in a presidential debate.

A growing list of GOP officials on Saturday have called on Trump to step aside to let Pence take over the ticket, and a number of them have even vowed to write in Pence's name in November.

A spokesman for Pence did not immediately respond when asked for comment about the growing number of calls for Pence to replace the Trump.

- Updated at 1:16 p.m.