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Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) denied on Fox & Friends this morning that he was considering leaving the Republican presidential ticket. 

Pence said the rumors and reports were "absolutely false," including one that claimed he was waiting to see what happened in last night's debate before making a decision.

A slew of Republicans denounced Trump after a tape surfaced showing him making lewd comments about women on a hot mic in 2005. Some called for Trump to exit the race. 

The Washington Post reported that some were proposing Pence move to the top of the ticket, with Ben Carson as the VP. 

But Pence shot down the reports in his comments this morning, saying he remains "proud to stand shoulder to shoulder" with Trump.

Pence said Trump "stepped up and won the debate against all odds," showing "humility and contrition" about the 2005 video.

"I'm proud of my running mate and looking forward to being on the campaign trail today in North Carolina," he said.

He said he encouraged Trump to show "sincere personal remorse" for the comments, which included talking about grabbing women's genitals.

"When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab 'em by the p****," Trump told Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood."

Pence said he knows "for a fact" that Trump is "deeply sorry," and believes his running mate conveyed that to voters at the town hall debate.

"That kind of vulnerability and transparency , I think, is very moving to millions of Americans," he said. 

Watch the interview above.


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