Oops! Republican now says no need to change nominating rules

Chairman Reince Priebus, left, speaks with Sharon Day, RNC co-chairman and National Committeewoman for Florida, during the general session of the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting, in Hollywood, Fla. "Almost" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades". Ditto if he wins the nomination; the man who answers to no one will need the very insiders he disdains to work with him and for him. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll last week found 62 percent of Republican voters think the candidate with the most votes should be the nominee.

Trump at different times has declined to rule out a third-party candidacy, should his bid for the Republican nomination fall short. "The best way for the Republican Party to unite, win and to grow is to reject Donald Trump", said Rory Cooper, senior adviser to a group called #NeverTrump.

David Norcross, a longtime GOP leader who oversaw the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, came away saying he's still convinced the common goal of stopping Clinton would ultimately pull the party together despite the inevitable individual disappointments of those who don't see their candidate cross the finish line. Marco Rubio, who also has dropped out but not yet released his delegates.

"We're going to be behind our candidate", Day said. "And sometimes we may even wonder why are we working so hard when it seems our efforts are misrepresented and criticized".

"I just don't know if I want to do it yet", Trump said during a raucous rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Thursday that was frequently interrupted by protesters. Look at the massive turnout in the GOP primaries and all the problems likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has, they note - starting with questions about her honesty and the rise of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, with his fundraising and massive crowds.

"It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate", he said.

"Now I know our candidates are going to say some things to attract attention". That's part of politics. "The delegates are going to choose a nominee and we're going to go get behind him..." Trying to maintain some kind of impartiality is next to impossible when every move he makes is questioned by both sides. "Division makes the possible impossible", he said.

"Scripture warns us about how the "root of bitterness" can easily damage unity in the church", Priebus continued.

Billionaire Donald Trump is the front-runner but hasn't yet cinched the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination, while Texas Sen.

Brooks said Priebus will go down as one of the worst heads of the Republican party for allowing Trump to seek the Republican nomination for president. He said the party was "on target to remain financially strong", though he said an election year "no one could have imagined" has taken its toll.

"I voted against it", she said of a bill to protect gun-makers from legal liability.

Corporate support is important to the success of a Republican convention just like the Democratic convention, with many national businesses often supporting both. The veteran political operative, who previously worked for the RNC, is tasked with helping Trump play catch-up in the complicated state-by-state nomination process. "The guy irks me at times, but I get that he's doing his populist gig, and he's trying to win".

Trump's team also signaled to RNC members that he was willing to dip into his personal fortune to fund his presidential bid, in addition to helping the national committee raise money, a promise that came as Trump prepared to launch his first big television advertising campaign in a month.

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