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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