U.S. President Obama weighed in on the presidential race pointing to the ''unbelievable rhetoric'' coming from Donald Trump who Obama said ''pumps himself up by putting other people down.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on the presidential race pointing to the "unbelievable rhetoric" coming from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump who Obama said "pumps himself up by putting other people down." Speaking at a Tammy Duckworth for Senate rally in Chicago Obama also said if you want to send a message in this election "You have to vote for Hillary Clinton." Obama's comments come just ahead of the second Presidential debate and after Trump on Sunday struck a defiant tone in the face of calls for him to abandon the U.S. presidential race, attacking prominent Republicans and saying he has "tremendous support" despite a storm over his vulgar comments about women. On a day in which Trump was due to debate Clinton and with a month to go to the Nov. 8 election, Trump took to social media to try to squelch any speculation that he could leave the race. "Tremendous support (except for some Republican leadership"). Thank you," Trump wrote on Twitter. "So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers - and elections - go down!" Trump tweeted, apparently referring to Republicans running for re-election who have withdrawn their support for him over a 2005 video that emerged on Friday. On the video Trump, then a reality TV star, is heard talking on an open microphone about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman. The video was taped only months after Trump married his third wife, Melania. Trump, age 70, is facing the biggest crisis of his 16-month-old campaign. The pressure on him will be intense at the 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT) debate at Washington University in St. Louis. CNN reported the first questions would be about the latest uproar. With Republican Party leaders in crisis mode and doubts emerging over Trump's ability to draw support from crucial undecided voters, there were nonetheless some early signs many of his core supporters would remain loyal. A public opinion poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult, taken just after news broke of the video, found 39 percent of voters thought Trump should withdraw, and 45 percent said he should stay. Of those who said Trump should leave, only 12 percent identified themselves as Republicans.