Quelling concerns that he may run as a third-party candidate if he doesn't win the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has committed to signing a “loyalty pledge” that will ban him from running against a GOP nominee.
After refusing to take the pledge during the first Republican debate on Aug. 6, Trump had worried some Republicans about his future presidential plans. Politico reported that Trump decided to sign the pledge to show that his campaign is not a farce and to avert any more questions about the topic at the next Republican debate on Sept. 16.
A Trump aide hinted at the real estate mogul’s unpredictability. “I don’t think you can ‘expect’ ANYTHING from Mr. Trump,” Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a phone interview.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City on Sept. 3. Later, Trump held a news conference.
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The text of the pledge was first released on Sept. 2.
“I (name) 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 regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
During the first debate, Trump explained his decision to not take the pledge.
“I am discussing it with everybody. But I’m, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win, and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee … I will not make the pledge at this time.”