Trump: “I Don’t Want Ted Cruz Support.”


Last night CNN held three separate back-to-back Town Hall with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the next big state to hold a primary come Tuesday. There was only one thing that the trio of GOP presidential hopefuls could really agree on and that was backed off the supporting the candidate who emerges as the Republican standard-bearer in November’s election.

While both Cruz and Kasich danced around the question by host Anderson Cooper, saying they would have to withhold their support until they know who the nominee is. Meanwhile, Trump said that he did not care if Cruz or Kasich supported him, and that he was not going to support any other candidate until he sees who represents the party.

In the first GOP debate held last fall all of the candidates the pledge was introduced amid fears that Trump could bolt the Republican Party if he failed to win the nomination and mount an independent bid if he believed that he wasn’t treated well by party leaders. GOP leaders feared that such a move would automatically hand the general election to Democrats.

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“I have been treated very unfairly,” Trump said, hitting out at the “RNC, the Republican Party, the establishment.” He also said that he is not looking for chief rival Cruz’s support either.

“He does not have to support me,” he said. “I am not asking for his support. I want the support of the voters.”

Cruz, who preceded Trump at the town hall, hedged when asked whether he would support Trump if he became the Republican nominee.

“Donald is not going to be the GOP nominee. We are going to beat him,” Cruz said, though he did not categorically refuse to back the frontrunner.

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

But Kasich would not spell out whether he thought of Trump as somebody that was hurting the country.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.