NewsElections Republicans who won't vote for Donald Trump: McCain, Kasich, more By Nicole Brown Updated October 9, 2016 3:40 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Donald Trump lost the support of a number of Republicans after the release of a 2005 audio recording of his vulgar comments about women. While these Republican leaders say they won't vote for Trump, most won't vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton either. Many have called for Trump to step down and let his running mate Mike Pence lead the ticket. Here's a look at the party leaders who have recently vowed not to support Trump in the election, as well as some who already said they wouldn't vote for Trump before his lewd remarks were made public. John McCain Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla "Donald Trump's behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy," Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton. We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President." John Kasich Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson "Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that's not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better." Jason Chaffetz Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong "My wife, Julia, and I, we got a 15-year-old daughter. Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her that I endorsed Donald Trump for president when he acts like this, and his apology? That was no apology, that was an apology for getting caught," Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on CNN on Oct. 7, 2016. "So I'm not going to put my good name and reputation and my family behind Donald Trump for president when he acts like this, I just can't do it." Carly Fiorina Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bob Levey "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party. I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities," Carly Fiorina said in a statement on Facebook on Oct. 8, 2016. "I have traveled the country for years warning Americans that Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President. We must have a conservative in the White House to restore accountability, opportunity and security. For the sake of our Constitution and the rule of law, we must defeat Hillary Clinton. Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence." Kelly Ayotte Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla "I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for president on Election Day," New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in a statement. "I wanted to be able to support my party's nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I'm a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women." Mike Crapo Photo Credit: Getty Images / Paul Morigi "I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice," Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "Trump's most recent excuse of 'locker room talk' is completely unacceptable and is inconsistent with protecting women from abusive, disparaging treatment. "I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence who can defeat Hillary Clinton." Martha Roby Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla "Donald Trump's behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won't vote for him," Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "I thought supporting the nominee was the best thing for our country and our party. Now, it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket. Hillary Clinton must not be president, but, with Trump leading the ticket, she will be." Condoleezza Rice Photo Credit: Getty Images / Philippe Lopez "Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw," former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote on Facebook on Oct. 8, 2016. "As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth." Mike Lee Photo Credit: Getty Images / Leigh Vogel "We've been asked to settle on matters of great principle with our candidate for president of the United States. This can't continue," Utah Sen. Mike Lee said in a video posted to Facebook. "You yourself, sir, Mr. Trump, have stated repeatedly that the goal, the objective, has got to be to defeat Hillary Clinton in November. I couldn't agree more. It's for precisely that reason, Mr. Trump, that I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down." Joe Heck Photo Credit: Getty Images / David Becker "I can no longer look past the pattern of behavior and comments that have been made by Donald Trump," Nevada Rep. Joe Heck said at a rally on Oct. 8, 2016. "Therefore I cannot in good conscience continue to support Donald Trump, nor can I vote for Hillary Clinton." "I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down," he continued. Cory Gardner Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer "I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women," Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so - step aside, and allow Mike Pence to be the Republican party's nominee. If he fails to do so, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton but will instead write-in my vote for Mike Pence." Lisa Murkowski Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong "Offensive and inappropriate statements made by Donald Trump throughout this campaign have caused me to withhold my support or an endorsement," Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "I have always supported the Republican presidential nominee and I had hoped to do the same in 2016. The video that surfaced yesterday further revealed his true character. He not only objectified women, he bragged about preying upon them. I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for President - he has forfeited the right to be our party's nominee. He must step aside." Dan Sullivan Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong "I've worked to encourage men to choose respect and change the culture of abuse against women and children, which is at epidemic levels in Alaska and many parts of the country. We need national leaders who can lead by example on this critical issue. The reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown that he can't," Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016. "Therefore, I am withdrawing my support for his candidacy." "I cannot and will not support Hillary Clinton. She and her husband have their own sordid history of abuse of women," he added. Sullivan said he will campaign for other Republican candidates across the country. "Keeping Republicans in the Senate majority is critical to the economic and national security of Alaska and America. As for the White House, Donald Trump should step aside. I will support Governor Mike Pence for President," he said. Shelley Moore Capito Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Watson West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Trump may need "to reexamine his candidacy" in a statement on Oct. 8, 2016, denouncing his remarks about women. Jeb Bush Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson "In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life," Jeb Bush said in a Facebook post on May 6, 2016. After the release of Trump's lewd comments on women, he tweeted, "As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women." Mitt Romney Photo Credit: Getty Images / George Frey "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University," Mitt Romney said in a speech in March. And in May he said he would not support either candidate in the election, accordion to The Washington Examiner. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse Photo Credit: Getty Images / Saul Loeb Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse wrote a long Facebook post on May 4, 2016, condemning both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and encouraging Americans to consider a third-party candidate. "Why are we confined to these two terrible options?" he asked. "This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That's what we do." After the latest controversy, Sasse tweeted, "Character matters.@realDonaldTrump is obviously not going to win. But he can still make an honorable move: Step aside & let Mike Pence try." George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush Photo Credit: Getty Images / Pool "President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," a spokesman for George W. Bush said in a statement. Similarly, a spokesman for George H. W. Bush said, "At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the 'exceptions that proved the rule.' " Bill Kristol Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla Bill Kristol, the founder and editor of the conservative magazine "The Weekly Standard," wrote a piece in the magazine saying he cannot vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. He said he wouldn't normally encourage people to support an independent candidate, but this year, he is working to find a third-party candidate to run in the general election. "It was wrong to nominate Donald Trump," he wrote. By Nicole Brown Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Politicians, celebrities react to Trump's lewd commentsMike Pence, Hillary Clinton and more have denounced Trump's words. Trump's celeb supporters: From Kirstie Alley to Tila TequilaCelebs, sports figures and politicians are all supporting Trump's presidency. Celebrities against Donald TrumpMeryl Streep attacked Trump in her speech at the Golden Globes on Jan. 8, 2017. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.