Portman withdraws support for Trump
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Republican Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators look for possible way to end shutdown GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (Ohio) is withdrawing his support for the party’s presidential nominee, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE, he announced Saturday.  


Portman, who is running for reelection against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D), said Trump’s lewd comments about women were “offensive and wrong.” 

“I had hoped to support the candidate my party nominated in the primary process. I thought it was appropriate to respect the millions of voters across the country who chose Donald Trump as the Republican Party nominee,” he said. “While I continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump, I can no longer support him. I continue to believe our country cannot afford a [Democratic nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress MORE presidency.  

“I will be voting for [Indiana Gov.] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump signs law guaranteeing back pay for federal workers Pence says 'ISIS has been defeated' hours after attack that killed US troops in Syria School where Karen Pence will teach prohibits LGBT students, faculty MORE for President."

Portman joins a growing list of Republicans who are rescinding their support for Trump or calling for him to drop out of the race in the wake of damning audio from 2005 showing him talking crudely about women.