That rush of air that may have been felt Wednesday across America was from millions of Republican voters breathing a sigh of relief.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has reportedly done what he wouldn’t do in the opening moments of the Fox News GOP presidential primary debate.
No, he didn’t lunge at Megyn Kelly, but sources say he did tell several top Republicans that he will not run as an independent, according to the Huffington Post.
If true, there’s little doubt such a move could help Trump with Republican voters who were nervous that the real estate tycoon would run as a third party candidate and tip the election to the eventual Democratic nominee.
A point that conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt reminded Trump of earlier this month, the Huffington Post reported.
“I know you don’t need any advice, but I’m going to give you some,” Hewitt said at the time. “You will do better in the Republican primaries if you just swear off the third party, because a lot of Republicans will never vote for someone who, like Ross Perot, will hand the election to a Democrat.”
“I’ve never heard it put so strongly,” Trump responded. “When you said it the way you said it, that’s very interesting, so I’ll be thinking about that.”
And think he must have, according to the unidentified source.
Speaking on the record, Trump surrogate Michael Cohen told the Huffington Post Trump never had “any intent” of campaigning as anything other than a Republican, but had stopped short of saying no independent bid.
“He just wanted to ensure that the establishment would treat him as fair as they would treat any of the other candidates,” Cohen said. “And I believe, right now, they are treating him fairly.”
The business magnate appeared on Hewitt’s show Wednesday and the popular host brought up a third party run.
“It’s not something I want to do and at some point I will actually totally commit” to running as a Republican, Trump said.
Trump said he felt it was inappropriate to make such a commitment during the Fox News debate.
“You know, I was a little surprised they even asked me at the debate but that was OK,” he told Hewitt. “But at some point, look, I want to run, I’m leading in the polls by a lot, I want to run as a Republican. I want to get the nomination and I want to beat the Democrats.”
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