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Sen. John McCain withdraws support for Trump amid controversial statements about women

NEW YORK  — Sen. John McCain is formally withdrawing his support from Donald Trump.

The Arizona senator and 2008 GOP nominee says in a statement that Trump’s newly revealed boasting about groping women “make it impossible” for him to support his party’s presidential nominee. Trump has apologized but refused to quit the race.

He says he and his wife Cindy “will not vote for Donald Trump” and will instead write in the name of “some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president.”

Trump and McCain have been at odds since early in the campaign when Trump declared that McCain, a POW during the Vietnam war, was only considered a hero because he was captured.

McCain has also chastised Trump for his dispute with a gold star family and his comments about a judge of Hispanic ancestry.