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Update: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a pledge with the Republican National Committee vowing to support the GOP presidential nominee and ruling out a third-party bid if he winds up not getting the Republican nomination next year, a move that directly contradicts repeated statements he had made in the past.
During a press conference from the Trump Tower in New York City Thursday, Trump vowed to he is "pledging [his] allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands," while holding up a copy of the pledge.
Trump added he will not renege on the pledge, adding, "I have no intention of changing my mind."
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will pledge to endorse the Republican nominee for president – even if it turns out not to be him, according to recent reports.
According to Politico:
A close associate tells POLITICO that Donald Trump plans to sign a loyalty pledge Thursday that would bind him to endorse the Republican nominee, and would preclude a third-party run. Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.
The close associate said Trump has decided to give the completed pledge to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during a meeting at Trump Tower shortly after 1 p.m. today.
Trump has historically refused to say he won’t run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t get the Republican presidential nomination next year. In fact, during the first Republican candidate debate on Fox News in early August, Trump was the only one of the top 10 candidates to say he couldn’t promise not to run against the official GOP contender if he didn't get the nomination.
The Republican National Committee's draft pledge that Trump will allegedly sign is reported to read:
“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.”