Trump Declines to Say He Would Back Republican Nominee

Billionaire Donald Trump is only candidate at tonight’s Republican presidential primary debate who won’t pledge to back his party’s nominee.

  • Sen. Rand Paul of Ky. accuses rival Trump of “hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians”
  • Paul says Trump is “hedging his bet” on Hillary Clinton
  • NOTE: Earlier in debate of candidates ranking lowest in polls, Carly Fiorina took aim at front-runner Trump over his ties to Clintons, revelation that former President Bill Clinton called Trump before the businessman got into race
  • NOTE: Trump leading Republican field based on a pre-debate Bloomberg Politics poll showing 21% of registered voters who identify as Republicans supporting the celebrity real estate mogul-turned-politician, followed by Jeb Bush at 10%, Scott Walker at 8%
  • NOTE: Debate includes top 10 GOP candidates based on recent polling
Earlier: Trump Seen Taking Lots of Supporters With Him in Third-Party Bid

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