Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young, running for election to the U.S. Senate in one of the most competitive races in the country, now says he is wrestling with the “very serious question” about whether to still support Donald Trump for president.
Young’s pause comes after unearthed footage from 2005 show Trump stating that when you’re a star “you can do anything to women,” including “grab them by the p- – -y.”
“This gives many Americans, myself included, pause and serious consideration about how we move forward,” Young told IBJ at a Saturday afternoon campaign event at a Fishers senior living facility, stating he found the comments "highly offensive."
Young is facing former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, who said Trump's comments are "deeply disturbing and have no place in society," in a race that could decide whether the U.S. Senate has a Democratic or Republican majority. A new poll out Thursday says that Bayh has a one-point lead in the race, though the Democrats’ object to the poll because it was conducted by a pollster that has worked for Young.
Young, asked if his wrestling with the decision to vote for Trump was new, Young said there have been several moments throughout the campaign where he struggled. However, he has previously vowed to support the Republican nominee.
“I think the failure to honor the serivice of Sen. John McCain was one of those moments,” Young said. “Another moment was the Kahn family and the comments made at that time."
Young is referring to Trump’s feud with a Gold Star family over the service of their deceased son.
But he said he would not support Hillary Clinton as president.
“I know we cannot have four years, or god forbid, eight years of [Democrats’] continued economic politics or national security policies,” Young said. “It’s not in the best interest of the American people.”