>> So Howard, let's go. You have some questions.>> Donald Trump working on his town hall skills Thursday evening in New Hampshire. Ahead of his live or die second debate with Hillary Clinton Sunday night in St. Louis. GOP leaders like House Speaker, Paul Ryan, watching anxiously from the sidelines after a first debate widely seen as a train wreck left Trump limping behind Clinton in the polls.
>> Yeah, I did hold. I thought it was just inappropriate to say what I was really thinking I would say. I really felt that I wanted to keep it on as high a level as possible. Let's see what happens.>> Trump's trouble is making Republicans fear their grip on the US Congress could also be in danger.
Campaign Correspondent, Steve Holland.>> Republican leaders, their bottom line is they want to retain control of the US Congress, the House and the Senate. If they hold the Congress this election then that will be a counterweight against Hillary Clinton should she win. So yes, they would love for Trump to win but they would like to retain control of Congress, most of all.
>> The New York Times reporting Thursday, that a bad debate Sunday, may spur some GOP candidates to openly break with Trump, as many did during Bob Dole's run in 1996. Adding to the pressure on Trump, a group of 30 former members of congress including some prominent names coming out against Trump in a letter blasting his candidacy as disgraceful and indefensible.
This after Trump spent precious time last week railing against a former Miss Universe and. Fending off charges he might have alluded federal taxes for nearly two decades.>> We saw the return of the old Trump in these past two weeks, the personal feuds, the tweeting, that's alarming to Republican leaders.
Trump needs to inspire some confidence in Republican voters that he can be trusted.>> I do not say that.>> And.>> His first debate with Hillary Clinton. He, time and again, allowed Clinton to get under his skin, making him very defensive. He needs to practice more what Mike Pence did in his debate against Tim Kaine and just let some of these issues roll off his back and press home his message, not get caught up in her message.
>> Party leaders wanna see Trump keep the race close enough to give GOP House and Senate candidates a better shot. But that means a performance commanding enough to prop up his poles.>> Well that's the biggest problem.