GOP candidate for governor calls Trump comments disturbing

    EUGENE — The Republican candidate for Oregon Governor has issued a statement calling Donald Trump's lewd comments about women "deeply disturbing" and said as governor he'll improve the lives of Oregon women.

    Bud Pierce issued a statement Saturday following the release of a video that included Trump making sexually aggressive comments about women, according to KVAL-TV.

    "Mr. Trump's comments are degrading, unbecoming, and unacceptable period," Pierce's statement said. "As an individual, I find his comments deeply disturbing."

    Pierce said he has always treated women "with equality and respect." That treatment is demonstrated by his 35-year marriage and his treatment of women as partners in their medical practice and as valued employees, he said.

    A few days ago, Pierce released an apology video after comments he made about domestic violence and women during a recent debate.

    The debate with Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, took a turn when Pierce said that successful women aren't as susceptible to domestic abuse and sexual violence as those on lower economic rungs.

    Since then, he has sent a written apology while his spokeswoman, Stacey Kafka, has stepped down.

    In Pierce's Saturday statement, he said he would initiate "new and innovative programs to help with domestic violence, pay inequality, unaffordable child care, poverty in women of color, and all areas where Oregon's women face discrimination and unfairness," should he be elected governor.

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