The Courier-Mail

Trump toes the line on party unity

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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.

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