Politico is reporting that presidential candidate Donald Trump will sign a loyalty pledge that binds him to endorse the GOP nominee for president and not run for president under a third-party banner.
The publication says it was given this information from a “close associate” of Trump. Politico is also reporting that “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.”
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the GOP was asking all candidates to sign a pledge to prevent Trump from running as a third-party candidate.
The Republican National Committee, in a move designed to box in Donald Trump and prevent him from a third-party run, on Wednesday asked the party’s presidential candidates to sign a loyalty statement vowing not to run as an independent or third-party candidate in the general election.
Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus plan to meet Thursday in New York, according to a Trump campaign spokeswoman. Trump has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference where he could make an announcement about the RNC pledge.
The pledge reads:
“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,” reads the document. “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.”