GOP can't drop Trump from ballot - Democrats

2016-10-09 20:17
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower in New York. (Evan Vucci, AP File)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower in New York. (Evan Vucci, AP File)

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Washington - Democrats are discounting the idea that Republican leaders will encourage Donald Trump to step aside as their presidential nominee and urge voters to rally behind Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.

Donna Brazile - interim head of the Democratic National Committee - notes that some states have begun early voting and absentee ballots mailed with Trump's name on it. Brazile says attempts to change the ballots would be "very confusing" to voters.

She's suggested on ABC's This Week that Democratic Party lawyers probably would fight any efforts by states to change the names on the ballot - if it came to that.

Meanwhile, the chair of the House Ethics Committee says there's still time for Republicans to rally behind an alternative to Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

Condoleezza Rice?

GOP representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania says he hopes House Speaker Paul Ryan and party chair Reince Priebus will withdraw their endorsements of Trump.

Here's what Dent tells ABC's This Week: "As a party leader, I think at times you have to stand up and do some pretty difficult things and this may be one of them right now."

Dent floated a few names, including Robert Gates, defence secretary under Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama; Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under Bush; Ohio Governor John Kasich , who sought the GOP presidential nomination, or Mitch Daniel, a former Indiana governor.


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