During the final Republican debate of 2015 on Dec. 15, Donald Trump said he would not run as an Independent for president.
Despite previously being unwilling to rule out the idea of an Independent bid should he not get the GOP nomination, Trump announced that he is “totally committed to the Republican Party” and that he is “very honored to be the front-runner.”
“I really am, I’ll be honest, I really am,” he said, according to Fox News.
The real estate mogul added that in recent weeks, he has gained “great respect for the Republican leadership” as well as his fellow Republican candidates for president, CNN notes.
Trump reportedly signed a loyalty pledge in September, vowing to remain with the GOP whether or not he gets the nomination. When asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo after the debate if his pledge to stay loyal to the party meant “no exceptions,” the candidate reiterated that he was “going to be a Republican.”
“I’m not going to be doing a third party,” he said.