BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The chairwoman of Alabama's Republican Party is standing with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Terry Lathan issued a statement Monday after the second presidential debate saying no one can defend Trump's "lewd conduct" caught on tape 11 years ago.
But she says voters chose Trump as the party's nominee knowing his style and his past. Lathan says Trump is now the only person who can stop the election of Democrat Hillary Clinton as president.
Lathan's statement doesn't directly say she will vote for Trump. But in a later email to The Associated Press, Lathan says: "Of course I am."
Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't vote for Trump following the release of the recording. Alabama Republican Reps. Martha Roby and Bradley Byrne have called for Trump to leave the ticket.
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FULL TEXT OF LATHAN'S STATEMENT:
"The last sixty hours have been very unconventional in a presidential election. The eleven year old leaked Trump tape had reprehensible words, and even worse, a disrespectful and juvenile attitude toward women. No on can or will defend this type of lewd conduct."
"Mr. Trump has apologized for this behavior and called his own words 'embarrassing'. He is correct. He also has said that's not the type of person he is now. This is a very teachable moment for him as well as ourselves."
"This is also a wake up call for America to look in the mirror at the erosion of our culture. We need to ask ourselves what we can do to end the bitter divisiveness in our beloved nation. How can we find much needed common ground for Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'? She's still there, but she's a bit tarnished and needs polishing by her owners- 'We, the people'."
"It's time to choose a direction for America. It is imperative that we look ahead to envision what a United States Supreme Court would look like with liberal Hillary Clinton judges. As mentioned by Mr. Trump in his strong debate performance, we must defend our second amendment rights, have a get tough foreign policy, stand strong against crime, enforce our immigration laws, lower our taxes, reign in the power of a runaway government and stop the spiraling out of control cost of Obamacare from crushing our families."
"Our votes will choose the direction we are about to take. The stroke of our pens will decide if we continue the liberal path or change directions. With the fragile balance of the Supreme Court awaiting our decision, there is a clear choice for a conservative America. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee that our primary voters chose, in record breaking numbers, fully aware of his past and style. He is also the one person to stop Hillary Clinton and halt the liberal erosion of our nation."
"We must protect America's future with President Donald Trump. I am a woman who looks forward to the day a woman is president of our beloved nation, but not Hillary Clinton. Voting for a person to make a cultural statement rather than a policy statement is dangerous. Not this time, Mrs. Clinton. Never Hillary!"