Trump Takes Back GOP Loyalty Pledge, Cruz And Kasich Also Back Away

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March 30, 2016 8:24 a.m.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) backed away from honoring the loyalty oath to support the eventual Republican nominee on Tuesday night.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Trump during a town hall if he plans to continue to support the GOP nominee if it isn’t himself.

Trump replied, “No, I don’t anymore.”

Trump specifically addressed Cruz, saying he doesn’t “want” or “need” Cruz’s support.

A party loyalty pledge was first floated during the first Republican debate hosted by Fox News in August 2015, according to CNN.

Cruz hedged a bit, saying he would beat Trump for the nomination.

He wouldn’t outright deny his support for the nominee.

“I’m not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and my family,” Cruz said. “I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute trainwreck, I think it would hand the general election to Hillary Clinton.”

Kasich said the candidates shouldn’t have signed the pledge.

“All of us shouldn’t even have answered that question,” he said told CNN.

Kasich said he’ll wait to “see what happens.”

“I have got to see what happens,” he said. “If the nominee is somebody I think is really hurting the country and dividing the country, I can’t stand behind them.”

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