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The Latest: Pence skipping Wisconsin Republican unity rally

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-08 13:40:59-04
   ELKHORN, Wis. (AP)
   11:37 a.m.
 
   Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will not attend a scheduled campaign rally in Wisconsin with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
 
   That's according to a GOP official with knowledge of Pence's plans who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release such details.
 
   Trump and Pence were both scheduled to attend Saturday's event, but Trump bailed out late Friday as bipartisan condemnation rained down on him over his recorded vulgarities toward women.
 
   It was unclear whether Pence would attend a private fundraiser in Rhode Island later Saturday.
 
   Pence has been silent on the release of the 12-year-old recording, in which Trump describes his own aggressive treatment of women.
 
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   8:10 a.m.
 
   Wisconsin's top Republicans are sticking by Donald Trump while they also denounce newly released lewd comments he made about women 11 years ago.
 
   House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker are among the Republicans who are scheduled to appear at a unity rally Saturday afternoon in Ryan's southeast Wisconsin congressional districts. All three condemned Trump on Friday night for the comments, but none withdrew their support.
 
   Trump was originally set to appear at the annual "Fall Fest" event, which would have been his first joint campaign stop with either Ryan or Johnson. But he canceled Friday night, saying he's preparing for Sunday's debate. His running mate Mike Pence is to speak instead.
 
   Trump apologized via video on Friday for the vulgar and sexually charged comments.