Donald Trump announced Thursday he has signed a GOP pledge not to run as an independent in 2016, after a personal appeal from the Republican Party chairman.
“I have signed the pledge,” Trump said, holding it up.
The decision by the Republican presidential front-runner helps ease concerns among party leadership that an outside Trump bid — should he not win the nomination — could threaten the party’s chances in the general election by peeling off votes.
The party began circulating the pledge to virtually all the Republican campaigns earlier this week. But Trump was the obvious concern. He had been the only one who did not raise his hand when the 10 top-polling candidates were asked at last month’s Fox News debate whether they’d commit not to mount an independent White House bid.
Trump, after meeting Thursday with party boss Reince Priebus, said the chairman has been “extremely fair.”
“I just wanted fairness from the Republican Party,” Trump said. After holding up the pledge, he said, “I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party, and the conservative principles for which it stands.”