“I’ll support the Republican nominee”, he said, citing the importance of keeping Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders from occupying the Oval Office.
With Ben Carson’s exit from the race this week, the field of Republican candidates has now been narrowed to four, but any number of predictions that GOP voters would unite behind one anti-Trump candidate have come and gone without a change in the overall dynamic.
Then, when it was all over, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich swallowed hard and said they’d support Trump if he wins the GOP nomination. “Tonight we will have more delegates than we did last night”.
Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ losing presidential candidate in 2012, also said he was not interested.
‘Clearly they could be on our show, but now they’ve gone off the deep end, and we would start bleeping out some of what they’d say, ‘ he added. And he doesn’t want to talk about what he’ll do if Florida doesn’t work out.
His responses on torture went down well with those in the auditorium, as did his explanation of why even illegal orders he gave would be followed.
“That is the quandary I’m trying to avoid the Republican Party having to face”, Rubio said on CNN on Friday.
Mr Romney in a speech signalled a state of desperation inside the party establishment.
“His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader”, Mr Romney declared.
In a speech Thursday, Romney described Trump as a “phony” candidate who would pose a danger to the country if elected.
Trump opened Thursday night’s Republican debate by guaranteeing there’s “no problem” down there.
“He’s not the real deal”, Romney told Fox. Marco Rubio said early in the debate. “And as far as you know, what, I said something-first of all, I didn’t say what he was saying and I said it one time, he’s personally attacked the disabled journalist, everyone basically”, he said.
The bad blood among the candidates flowed freely, a steady stream of insults interspersed with the policy debate. And he referred to my hands as if they’re small, something else must be small. “You have very big hands”, Trump recalled. He said he had been criticized for being “too soft” and “too harsh” on people at his rallies. “I mean, Donald Trump has now spent a year doing this on a regular basis”.
Trump has bought up close to $1 million on media in Florida, while Our Principles PAC – the much-touted group packed with Jeb Bush staffers and establishment Republicans – has bought up a little more than $440,000 on-air in Florida so far. Wrong, he spoke in favour of invading Iraq. “He imagined it”, Mr Romney said. “Breathe, breathe, breathe”, Cruz told him. John McCain to the nomination in 2008.
“Rubio says if there’s anyone who has ever deserved to be treated that way it’s Donald Trump“.
Colbert mentioned how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders of the party promised to drop Trump “like a hot rock” if the mogul lands the nomination, and how the GOP tried “a new approach of a very old approach” to derail the Trump train: They “released the Romney”.
Cruz and Rubio’s moves underscore the desperate situation in which they find themselves.