House speaker won't 'defend' Trump, as Clinton poll lead grows

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for a rally at Ambridge Area Senior High School on October 10, 2016 in Ambridge, PennsylvaniaDonald Trump’s presidential aspirations took more tough hits Monday as the nation’s top elected Republican all but conceded the race to Hillary Clinton, who returned to the campaign trail invigorated by polls showing her lead expanding. With Trump’s campaign already teetering on the precipice after revelations of his lewd comments about women, House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers that he could no longer “defend” Trump, and that the priority now was maintaining the party’s control of Congress. As Trump and Clinton headed Monday to key swing states after their fiery debate clash, with 29 days to go until Election Day, Ryan said he would not campaign with or for the provocative New York real estate mogul for the remainder of the race.

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