McCain is the latest in a growing number of Republicans to withdraw support for Trump. (Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
The senior Republican, who ran for the 2008 presidential elections, withdrew his support following Trump's lewd comment controversy
Senator John McCain, a senior figure in the Republican Party, withdrew his support on Saturday for Donald Trump over his lewd remarks fiasco. McCain is the latest in a growing number of Republicans to withdraw support for Trump.
"I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. I thought I owed his supporters that deference," read a statement from McCain, AFP reported.
"But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
"Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump," he added, referring to his wife.
McCain, however, stressed that he would not vote for Clinton either.
"I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton. We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president."
Trump says won’t quit, Melania offended by comments
Rejecting growing calls from his party to step aside in the presidential race, Donald Trump insisted that there is “zero chance” that he quits.
The comments, caught in a 2005 videotape, have thrown Trump’s White House campaign,and the Republican Party, in trouble just 30 days from Election Day on November 8.
Trump’s wife Melania also said on Saturday that she was offended by her husband’s comments.
She urged American voters to accept his apology and support him.
"The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know," Melania Trump said in a statement.
"He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world."
The videotape, released on Friday by The Washington Post, forced a rare apology from Trump.
Trump and Clinton are set to face-off in the second presidential debate later today.
(WION with inputs from AFP)