共和党委員長、無党派出馬示唆するトランプ氏にくぎ RNC chief Priebus moves to steer Trump away from third-party bid
















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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus insists that he doesn’t think Donald Trump or any other GOP presidential candidate will make a third-party run if he loses the nomination. But if someone does, the GOP will be ready.

On a marathon Sunday that saw him appear on five television news shows, Mr. Priebus moved diplomatically to steer Mr. Trump away from an independent bid, offering more details on the pledges signed by Republican candidates to support the nominee and suggesting that statements to the contrary have “consequences.”

“Those kinds of comments, I think, have consequences,” said Mr. Priebus on ABC’s “This Week.” “And so when you make those kinds of comments and you want people to fall in line for you, it makes it more difficult.”

Mr. Priebus said the pledges signed by primary candidates was not “some sort of magical paper,” but an agreement. In exchange for their pledge, he said, candidates received RNC voter data and other resources worth as much as $100 million.

Would he enforce the agreement with a lawsuit, asked host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’m not going to get into every detail of the agreement. But it’s a data exchange agreement with the RNC and among the things that they can use at the RNC,” Mr. Priebus said.

“One of the things that we say is, ‘Look, we’ll give you these things. But you have to agree that you’re going to support the party and the eventual nominee.’ They’ve all agreed to that. And we’ll see what happens,” Mr. Priebus said.

Moments earlier, the billionaire businessman once again refused to rule out the possibility of an independent run if he loses the Republican nomination.

“I’m going to have to see how I was treated. Very simple,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I just want to be treated - it’s not a question of win or lose. It’s a question of treatment. I want to be treated fair.”

At the same time, both Mr. Priebus and Mr. Trump made it clear that they don’t expect a third-party scenario to unfold. Mr. Priebus dismissed it as “just a bunch of talk at this point” by candidates who may be “posturing” in order to gain “leverage.”

“No one has broken the pledge,” Mr. Priebus said, adding, “But certainly, we expect that when candidates make commitments, that they keep them. And that’s about what I’m going to say about it.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump said that he fully expects to win the Republican nomination. He currently leads the three-candidate field in delegates entering Tuesday’s Wisconsin “winner take most” primary.

“Look, I’m by far the front-runner as a Republican,” said Mr. Trump. “I want to run as a Republican. I will beat Hillary Clinton.”

Even with his 736 delegates, however, there remains a path for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to capture the nomination. Polls show Mr. Cruz leading in Wisconsin and gaining momentum in other states as conservatives intensify their anti-Trump push.

April 3, 2016