Trump, GOP trying to come together as needs align

And Trump would be piling up approval ratings where he belongs - on reality TV.

Pat Toomey, who faces Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in November, is one of those not quite willing to say he'll support Donald Trump in the fall. "If circumstances change we will always assess changed circumstances". "The answer to that is absolutely yes". "Now Carson is involved in making sure that everything goes well with Thursday's meeting", he said.

For many prominent Republicans, a contested GOP national convention was the last hope for a nominee other than Donald Trump, and they were maneuvering to have a front-row seat to the gamesmanship.

While many upper echelon party figures including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and the two Bush presidents are opposed to Trump, there were signs Wednesday of a growing move to unite behind Trump.

"I believe he'll get there", Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania, a Trump backer, said of Ryan.

Through election by order of merit, now known as the "Borda count", each candidate was awarded a number of votes equal to the number of candidates below him on each voter's ballot.

Trump's comments came as he begins to ramp up for a long, expensive general election campaign. He's stumbled through a series of policy discussions in recent days by offering conflicting stands on issues like honoring government debt, raising the minimum wage and tax cuts for the rich. But a disastrous Trump candidacy could change the outlook quickly.

Longtime voters might find such suggestions jarring, but a Trump nomination could be a rule-changer.

Over the last week, Trump has targeted Clinton, trying to eviscerate her with personal attacks that bring up 1990s sex scandals surrounding former president Bill Clinton and tweeting video of the Benghazi attacks to make a case that the likely Democratic nominee has "bad judgment".

Trump has previously said that he expects the general election campaign to cost more than of $1 billion, but would not say Tuesday how much of his money he's planning to spend on this next phase.

The House speaker defended his stance anew Tuesday, insisting that he was just being honest in saying Trump had more work to do to show he could unify the party after alienating women, Hispanics and many conservatives. Deep-pocketed financiers, who have collectively poured hundreds of millions of dollars into efforts to elect past GOP nominees, say they are monitoring Trump's tone - and waiting for his phone call. "We recognize our differences respectfully", she said. "I'm not there right now". He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign.

But, Pelosi said, "I think what she proposed is responsible".

"I endorse Donald Trump". And some GOP lawmakers facing re-election who are loath to alienate Trump supporters have also offered tepid endorsements: Arizona Sen. When he suggested that he would be able to renegotiate USA debt, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, warned on CNN's "The Lead" that he could create economic contagion or "Puerto Rico on global steroids". There was Trump's temporary Muslim ban proposal; his refusal in one interview to disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan; and Trump's acceptance, or even encouragement, of violence at his campaign rallies.

"The Republican Partys chickens have come home to roost in the form of Donald J Trump", Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said in a major speech on the Senate floor yesterday.

Pelosi didn't elaborate on her remark, but said, "If people see that as the standard, maybe they will measure other people by that standard as well". Pat Toomey, are following Ryan's line - that they can not take the plunge just yet. We had a very good conversation in March on the phone.

It's that kind of verdict shared fairly widely across the conservative spectrum that has left Trump struggling to consolidate his position in his first week as presumptive Republican nominee. The longer Ryan holds out, the more isolated he could become in his conference.

But there is also a sense that something about Trump might just be different. "Elections are about the future", Pelosi said. Thus, the constant refrain from Trump supporters that the "establishment" is ignoring the "will of the people" is only true to a point.

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