Republican presidential nominee Trump claimed victory in a recent presidential debate between him and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, adding that he stayed away from her because ''the last space I want to invade is her space.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed victory, on Wednesday (October 12) in a recent presidential debate between him and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "By the way of all of the online polls we won 10 out of 10 by big margins," Trump declared. "So I'm standing at my podium by my chair, she walks across the room, she's standing in front of me right next to me and the next day they said, what did the paper say, they said he invaded her space I invaded her space? Believe me the last space that I want to invade is her space believe me. I don't want to invade her space," Trump added, in response to commentators who claimed he was invading Clinton's space during the debates. A string of Republican officials and officeholders have distanced themselves from Trump since a 2005 video surfaced on Friday showing him bragging crudely to a reporter about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances. Despite the turn away from Trump by some elected Republicans, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters, released on Tuesday, found 58 percent of Republicans wanted Trump to stay atop their party's ticket and 68 percent said the Republican leadership should stand by him. The poll, which was conducted after the second presidential debate on Sunday, showed Clinton's lead over Trump widening to 8 points from 5 points last week, before the release of the video. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, told party lawmakers on Monday he was breaking with Trump and would not campaign for him, all but conceding Clinton would win the presidency. The move angered some Trump supporters, although Ryan said he would not withdraw his endorsement of the New York businessman.