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Donald Trump is the Only Candidate Considering a Third-Party Option

Donald Trump was the odd man out when he said he would not pledge to run as an independent if he doesn't win the Republican nomination. At the start of the first Republican debate on Thursday night, anchor Bret Baier asked the field of candidates to raise their hands if they were not willing to pledge their support to the eventual Republican nominee--Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand. Trump said “I cannot say [that]. I have to respect the person if it’s not me who wins."

Sen. Rand Paul then quickly chimed in “That’s what’s wrong, he buys and sells politicians of all stripes. He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons. So if he doesn’t run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton, or maybe he runs as an independent. But I’d say he’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians.” Trump explained that he hopes to run as a Republican and support the eventual nominee, but he isn't ready to take the third-party option off of the table yet. In July, Trump said that his chances of running as an independent will "absolutely" increase if the Republican National Committee treats him unfairly during the 2016 primary season.

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