Sanders won caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska on Saturday. With only 11 percent of precincts reporting, Trump had 47 percent of the vote, far ahead of Ted Cruz’s 26 percent.
Under this admittedly challenging scenario, the field would press on through the spring, with all of the candidates picking up delegates, but none reaching the number needed to clinch the nomination.
“The DC power brokers will drop someone in who is exactly to the liking of the establishment”.
Dismissing his rivals as “lying Ted” and “little Marco”, Donald Trump fended off intense attacks from his fellow presidential hopefuls at a debate Thursday that comes amid deeps signs of divisions within the Republican Party.
“Everyone’s trying to figure out how to stop Trump“, the billionaire marveled at an afternoon rally in Orlando, Florida, where he had supporters raise their hands and swear to vote for him. “And I think that it’s time that he drops out“, Trump said.
Others note Mr Trump’s past support for liberal policies, and question whether he has any agenda other than advancing himself. That state’s primary will be held on March 15.
If Rubio and Cruz succeeded at anything Thursday with their constant barrage of attacks, it was blocking Trump from fully evolving into a more palatable general election candidate.
Romney sought and accepted Trump’s endorsement in 2012.
Romney argued people don’t understand who the real Donald Trump is.
Party front-runner Donald Trump debated with Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Kasich said. “People say, wherever I go: ‘You seem to be the adult on stage’”.
“He is flattered, but not interested”, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email on Friday.
Romney responded, “Well it’s characteristically disgusting on his part first of all, I mean it’s beneath the dignity of the office of president and even being a candidate for president”, he said.
Romney reiterated comments he made earlier in the day on NBC’s “Today” show, where he said Trump lacked the temperament to be president. Rubio, a Florida senator, has only won one state – Minnesota – while Cruz has also notched victories in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Alaska.
In another exchange, Rubio faulted Trump’s businesses for manufacturing clothing in China and Mexico rather than the U.S. Asked when he would start making more clothes in the U.S., Trump said that would happen when currency valuations weren’t biased against manufacturing garments in America.
Democrats and Republicans have contests in Kansas and Louisiana.
But he did say he expects to win the state, and he harkened back to his 2010 Senate race against then-Gov.
With the GOP civil war raging, Donald Trump focused his assault Friday on rival Marco Rubio, whose home state of Florida could determine the Republican presidential nominee.