Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the running mate of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, has canceled his planned Ocean County campaign appearance scheduled for this Monday, campaign sources confirmed Saturday.
Andrea Patti, the Ocean County Chairwoman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign confirmed that the Monday evening Toms River rally and fundraiser featuring Governor Pence has been canceled.
“The event on Monday in Toms River has in fact been canceled,” she said in an email statement to Ocean County Politics Saturday afternoon. Ms. Patti added that she has not yet heard if the canceled rally and fundraiser will be rescheduled.
According to Republican sources, Ocean County GOP event organizers are attributing the cancellation to “scheduling conflicts” on the part of Pence, despite invitations for the fundraising event being sent out as early as last week, as we reported then.
The move to cancel the event comes in the wake of the release of a shocking video detailing remarks made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in which the candidate was recorded making extremely vulgar sexual comments about women.
Governor Pence was forced to respond to the contents of the leaked video, which was first published by The Washington Post and the Republican vice-presidential candidate issued a written statement.
“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,” Pence wrote. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
NBC News reported earlier Saturday that in the wake of the video, Pence canceled another campaign stop in Wisconsin, presumably in response to the PR disaster that has erupted in the 24 hours since the video’s release.