Last August we saw one candidate raise his hand at the Cleveland debate to say he was not yet ready to make that pledge to the party. Within days he signed the simple pledge, but backed out of it last March.
Donald J. Trump said on March 29th that he no longer vowed to support the Republican nominee if it isn’t him, despite a loyalty pledge that all Republican primary candidates signed last year.
“No, I don’t anymore,” Mr. Trump said at a town hall forum on CNN when prompted by the moderator, Anderson Cooper. “No, we’ll see who it is.”
When Mr. Cooper pointed out that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Mr. Trump’s chief rival for the nomination, had walked up to the line but not crossed it in terms of saying he wouldn’t support the nominee, Mr. Trump replied, “He doesn’t have to support me.”
This week we're hearing a lot of talk about party loyalty. We're seeing the most entrenched party establishment politicians show themselves as the least loyal when an outsider wrests a nomination away from the "entitled" insiders.
Thanks to Elaine Nicholson for the excellent research on the March events which essentially voided the Loyalty pledge of the RNC.
"I affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
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