Hillary Clinton opens up 11-point lead in pre-debate poll – as it happened


Donald Trump running mate Mike Pence has forcefully batted down speculation that he considered dropping from the Republican ticket after video emerged on Friday of Trump bragging about touching women without their consent.

Pence, a family values Christian and a discriminatory sexual moralist, said at the weekend that he was “offended” by Trump’s remarks about grabbing pussy, that he did not “condone” the remarks and could not defend them – which last bit rang quite true.

It’s absolutely false to suggest that at any point in time we considered dropping off this ticket. It’s the greatest honor of my life, to have been nominated by my party to be the next vice president of the United States of America.”

"It's absolutely false" -- Mike Pence on reports he considered dropping out. Watch live: https://t.co/Tk64moV9b1 https://t.co/yLa72UOaEE

Hello and welcome to our live-wire coverage of the 2016 race for the White House. Hillary Clinton is to make stops in Detroit, Michigan, and in Columbus, Ohio, today, while Donald Trump will be in Ambridge and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Other campaign trail events include Clinton running mate Tim Kaine appearing with musician Dave Matthews in the Denver Metro area; Chelsea Clinton campaigning in Racine, Wisconsin, and Rochester, Minnesota; and Trump running mate Mike Pence in Charlotte and Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Related: Donald Trump threatens Hillary Clinton with jail in second presidential debate

A top Pence aide confirms to @tomlobianco that tweet after debate means he is staying on the ticket through the election.

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