Trump toes the line on party unity
NEW YORK: Republican frontrunner for US president and brash billionaire Donald Trump has pledged loyalty to the Republican Party and ruled out a third-party tilt for the 2016 election.
He made the announcement in the lobby of his New York headquarters as he shot to an even greater lead with 30 per cent of the Republicanleaning vote, according to an opinion poll by Monmouth University.
“I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands,” the real estate tycoon said.
“We will go out and we will fight hard and we will win. I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge.”
The move marks an aboutturn for Mr Trump, who began the first Republican debate last month by refusing to rule out a third-party run.
His say-it-how-it-is attitude, business acumen and charisma have made him a rock star in the eyes of ordinary Republican voters, but his refusal to dismiss an independent run had confounded party grandees.