#GOPDebate Donald is not going to be the GOP nominee. We’re going to beat him.’ – Ted Cruz speaks

All three Republican presidential contenders walked away on Tuesday night from their pledges to support their party's nominee no matter who it is. 'No I don't,' front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday during a CNN town hall broadcast, when asked if he felt bound to honor his loyalty promise from six months ago. 'We'll see who it is.' 'I have been treated very unfairly,' he insisted to anchor Anderson Cooper, complaining about the Republican National Committee. Trump said 'the RNC, the party, the establishment,' may be conspiring to snatch the presidential nomination from him during the party's July convention in Cleveland, Ohio. 'We'll see what happens,' he said of the possibility of a floor fight if he doesn't arrive in Ohio with enough convention delegates to win the nomination outright. 'You'll have a lot of upset people.' Trump and his rivals signed a pledge in the fall of 2015 vowing to unite behind the eventual nominee. The Donald waved his copy during a September press conference at Trump Tower following a meeting with RNC chairman Reince Priebus. But that gesture seemed a distant memory on Tuesday as Cooper led Trump and his main rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, through the remains of their recent feuds – particularly battles encompassing their wives and a series of tabloid accusations about Cruz's marital fidelity. Trump said he didn't expect Cruz to support him if he is the GOP's White House nominee. 'I'm not asking for his support,' Trump said. 'I don't want his support; I don't need his support; I want him to be comfortable.' 'He doesn't have to support me,' the businessman added. 'I have tremendous support right now from the people. I have 2 million votes more than him.' When Trump complained about being treated unfairly by party elites, a few boos rang out at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 'Awwww,' he teased. 'Cruz people!' Cruz, too, hedged on the idea of honoring the pledge he made, saying it might be null and void because Trump had threatened vaguely to 'spill the beans' about his wife Heidi. 'I'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family,' Cruz told Cooper. 'I think that is going beyond the line.' Asked again if he would support Trump, should the billionaire win the nomination, Cruz gave another non-answer.
'Let me tell you my solution to that,' he said. 'Donald is not going to be the GOP nominee. We're going to beat him.'
Cooper pressed a third time: 'I will assume by you saying you would not support him, that the answer is you would not support him if he is the nominee?' 'I gave you my answer,' Cruz said. 'Listen, I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute train wreck. I think it would hand the general election to Hillary Clinton.' Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last of the three men to sit for the hour-long televised job interview, chuckled at the idea that the candidates were all persuaded to make a loyalty pledge at the first primary debate in August. 'Frankly, all of us shouldn't have even answered that question,' he told Cooper. 'I've gotta see what happens,' he said. 'If the nominee is somebody that I think is really hurting the country or dividing the country, I can't stand behind him.' Kasich is the longest of long-shots. His distant third-place status in the Republican delegate race leaves him with only one path to the nomination: a contested convention in which neither of the front-runners survive repeated rounds of balloting. 'When you're in the arena, you develop respect for people that are in the arena,' he said of his rivals Trump and Cruz. 'But I've been disturbed by some of the things I've seen, and I'd have to think about what my endorsement might mean.'Facebooktwittergoogle_plus

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