What about the pledge? Ex-rivals still split on endorsing Trump despite debate vow

by FoxNews.com  |  published on November 1, 2016

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Donald Trump took considerable heat when, during the first Republican primary debate in August 2015, he initially declined to pledge support for the party’s eventual presidential nominee.

But now that Trump is that nominee, his former primary foes are the ones who have split on honoring the pledge.

While several ex-rivals now are unabashedly Team Trump – and others have reluctantly backed him as the better of the two major-party candidates – a couple of GOP primary contenders still refuse to endorse the nominee.

The holdouts are:

John Kasich

The Ohio governor is the most defiant anti-Trump politician who was at that initial debate.

The governor has been at odds with Trump ever since bowing out of the race, declining to show his support for the nominee even when his state hosted the Republican National Convention and Trump’s nomination acceptance address.

Fox News confirmed late Monday that Kasich did not vote for Trump, either.

The governor wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain on his absentee ballot. (According to The Plain Dealer, that vote technically will not count, since McCain is not among the approved write-in candidates in the state.)

Striking is that Kasich made the nominee pledge twice.

  • Roger

    You honor your pledge or you aren’t a man!

  • Roger

    Number one reason to vote for Hillary Clinton: STUPIDITY!
    Number one reason to vote for Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton!

  • Patriot47

    They KNOWINGLY violate their oath of office, why the surprise over violating a pledge?

  • Rodney Steward

    Looks like these pathetic Rino’s stick together real well, be nice if they would all go down together, the back stabbing B-TARDS!!

  • Ken says

    What no one noticed is that under their breathe while taking the pledge is that they muttered “only if it is an Establishment approved candidate”. Let the RINOs chart their course – they are Establishment Members and Puppets – now perhaps they will register as the Liberal Democrats they are and if they want to run for office they can run against their Liberal Brothers and Sisters.

    Make way for GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE & FOR THE PEOPLE.

    TRUMP/PENCE – 2016

  • jemb

    Kasich can not keep his promises – does not deserve to be elected to any post, city, county, state, federal. A man’s promise is a reflection of his honesty and integrity.

  • Webb

    Kasich like Bush…Lied!
    Your word is your Bond…If not, you are no longer TRUSTED!
    Hillary Clinton has no word of Trust…of Pledge!
    VOTE TRUMP… ☆☆☆

    • Donaldo

      Kasich, Bushes, and Romney are in the same category as Hillary !

  • Duane L Petersen

    Kasich and the other one time DemocRATs have never been real Republicans they are just DemocRAT light and have never really backed the conservative base and that is in large part why they are sitting on the side lines this election. As H W Bush said he and the others are all for the one world government that is being promoted by George Soros and the other Socialist scum that want to control the world and when Trump wins their power base will be destroyed and that they can’t have.

  • Born in the South and proud

    Kasich and a dew more of the repubs are plain and simple complete arse holes, Romney and the Bushes are definitely included also. The people have spoken and these scum choose to ignore the vote of the people. I suspect that people will not forget or forgive. I for one damn sure won’t.
    Trump 2016 God Bless America

    • Dr. Mike Reeder

      I am right there with you, Born in the South!
      Trump/Pence 2016!

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  • Dr. Mike Reeder

    Kasich is killing his career and Mr. Trump is STILL going to be President! That guy has NO honor or scruples about him,. Better to know now than later!

  • Starr Jim

    This person know nothing about honor. His actions speak loudly of his lack of character and zero honor.

  • Tiger

    They are pulling their blown up heads out of their puckered place and breathing some fresh air of “Reality”, A Clinton and Billy in the WH will not be conducive to their health and well being.

    When a monstrous wave is coming your way you don’t jump in front of it, unless you are a liberal you take cover. Trump is their cover.

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