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Some CT leaders sticking by Trump following debate

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Tension was thick at last night's presidential debate, the second face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

While Republican leaders across the country are jumping ship, some in Connecticut are sticking by Trump.

Even though some CT GOP leaders say they aren’t going to endorse or defend him, that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to vote for Trump.

Connecticut’s house minority leader says she doesn't like Trump's behavior, but feels he's the lessor of two evils.

"Donald Trump's offensive comments are not going to put us at risk, but Hillary Clinton’s already putting the country at risk and our national security at risk is a huge problem,” said Republican State Rep. and Minority Leader Themis Klarides.

The day after the debate, Clinton said Trump’s comments about women further prove he’s unfit for office.

“He spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” Clinton said.

Trump is fighting back, accusing former President Bill Clinton of abusing women, but that has done little to make many GOP leaders more at ease.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he won't defend or campaign with Trump.

Clinton is expected to do better in Connecticut, as this is a democratic state, but even she has turned off voters.

"It’s like a brawl, a sandbox brawl. It’s Hollywoodized. Maybe what we need, I don't know. Maybe that's what it takes -whatever it takes --hope it works,” said JJ Palace, of West Hartford.

Right from the start, Trump was asked by the now infamous video where he made vulgar comments about women.

"This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly, I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk,” Trump said in the debate.

Mackenzie Pena says she's offended by Trump's remarks on women and Latinos.

"If someone like that is our president and deems it locker room talk, what about guys I go to college with…is that just locker room talk? Is him talking about groping women locker room talk? No,” Pena said.

"After this weekend and news of video tapes, it's becoming more of a circus than a campaign,” said Allison Gomes, of West Hartford.

There are some who feel Trump and Clinton may turn people off, and they won’t vote.

There is one more debate, and some voters said they may not even watch.

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