All GOP Candidates Vow to Back Nominee

All four Republican presidential candidates who appeared on the debate stage Thursday night pledged to support the party’s nominee, even if it’s Donald Trump. Marco Rubio, who sells #NeverTrump merchandise on his website, said he would support Trump if he becomes the nominee because he says neither Democrats Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is a suitable option for president. Sen. Ted Cruz added he would “because I gave my word that I would,” while Ohio Gov. John Kasich agreed before concluding, “I kind of think that before it’s all said and done, I’ll be the nominee.” Trump, who has threatened to run as a third-party candidate, said he will support the nominee if it’s not him. Ben Carson, the fifth remaining GOP candidate, did not attend the debate.