The 2016 GOP candidates vowed to support whichever candidate gets the nomination, despite repeated attacks on Donald Trump, The Huffington Post reported.
Trump is continually improving his chances to become the nominee, most recently getting a major victory on Super Tuesday, March 1. His fellow candidates have made efforts to discredit him and throw him off the path of victory, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas calling him a "con man" and saying he has a "tenuous relationship with the truth" during the March 3 Fox News debate.
"Donald Trump has basically mocked everybody with personal attacks," Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said during the debate. "If there’s anyone who’s ever deserved to be attacked that way, it’s Donald Trump.”
The candidates questioned Trump's criticism of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, given their relationship in the past — with Cruz asking him why he wrote her checks during her 2008 presidential campaign.
"It was for business," Trump responded. "We're doing many, many deals outside of the United States."
Rubio also used the word "con" in relation to the real estate mogul, saying he was "trying to con people" into giving him the presidency. "There’s a difference between flexibility and telling people whatever you think you need to say to get them to do what you want them to do," he said. Rubio also continually criticized Trump for being uninformed on foreign policy.
Trump fired back at Rubio when the senator said he spent his career "convincing Americans he's something that he's not in exchange for their money."
"This little guy has lied so much about my record," Trump responded. "You haven’t employed in your life one person. I’ve employed tens of thousands of people.”
Despite pledging to support the nominee, even if Trump takes the title, the other candidates continued to attack him after the debate was over.
Rubio was the first to double down on his anti-Trump stance post-debate, sending a campaign message shortly after the event ended that was titled, "Trump Is Not Prepared To Be Commander-In-Chief."