Declaring that he'll never drop out of the race, Donald Trump spent Saturday prepping for Sunday night's debate amid calls from a growing number of GOP leaders to do so.
A Trump campaign aide, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named, said the "campaign is in full preparation for tomorrow night's debate" at Washington University in St. Louis, although would not give details about what those preparations entailed.
"Donald Trump is not leaving this race," said the campaign aide, who added that Trump's family will be with him at the debate. "Mr. Trump's team will convene in St. Louis today or tomorrow. There is no change or disruption in our efforts."
In a tweet, Trump said the "media and establishment" are trying to push him out and typing in all caps, "I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE."
A recording released on Friday by the Washington Post revealing a lewd and sexually aggressive remarks about women Trump made a decade ago sparked outrage.
By Saturday, several prominent Republican leaders including South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz and Arizona Sen. John McCain withdrew support for Trump over the comments.
Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 8, 2016
But while not condoning the remarks, some are sticking behind Trump.
His running mate Mike Pence said he "cannot defend" the comments, but is "grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized."