During a campaign event in Nashville on Thursday, real-estate mogul Donald Trump announced that a decision regarding a third-party run. Trump has until Sept. 30 to rule out a third-party bid if he wants to compete in South Carolina’s Republican primary, a key test in the nominating contest. Trump has continued to refuse ruling out a third-party candidacy, citing that he could use the threat of an independent bid as leverage. However, he can’t appear on the South Carolina primary ballot unless he pledges to support the GOP nominee in the general election. Trump said his success in the polls has caused Republican Party leaders to respond very well to him. Trump was courting voters at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.
With more than a year before the presidential election, Trump has been leading summertime polls. Many of his supporters’ sentiments align with those that fueled the tea party’s rise. Trump made clear Saturday that he welcomes tea party support. The event came the day after Trump held a glitzy $100-per-person campaign event — which he repeatedly insisted wasn’t a fundraiser — outside of Boston. Trump said the money raised was only to offset the costs of the event and said people attending could choose to pay whatever they wanted.
As far as a third-party run is concerned, the Republican Party has been treating me very, very fairly. All I ask is fairness,” “In terms of victory, that would certainly be the best path to victory, and we’re gonna make a decision very soon and I think a lot of people are gonna be very happy.”
Trump said his success in the polls has caused Republican Party leaders to respond very well to him.
I’ve been treated very nicely, as you know. I’ve been leading in every poll. I’m leading in every state — by a lot. And nationally by a lot,” “I have a great relationship to the Republican Party — to the conservatives, to the evangelicals, to the tea party. You probably noticed right across the board.”
Trump also defended a personal attack he launched Friday against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been swept up in the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Trump again speculated that Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned after sending sexually explicit images of himself to women he’d met online.
Trump also told reporters that he thinks former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina should be included on stage for the main CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan presidential library next month, suggesting that the only woman in the GOP field could replace Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who trashed him during the first debate. “I would like to see Carly on stage because from the last debate to now she has been doing better than a lot of the ones who will be on stage,” Trump said. “She’s been killing Rand Paul, but he’s on stage and she’s not.”