GOP town hall: Trump won’t honor nominee pledge

Associated Press

10:45 p.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich isn’t saying whether he will follow through with a pledge to back the Republican nominee for president.

Kasich said during a CNN town hall Tuesday in Milwaukee, a week before the Wisconsin primary, that he wants to wait and “see how this thing finishes out.”

Earlier, Donald Trump said he would not honor his pledge to support whoever is the nominee. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t directly answer the question.

Kasich jokes, “Maybe I won’t answer it either.” But then he says: “I don’t want to be political here. I’ve got to see what happens.”

Kasich isn’t mentioning Cruz or Trump by name, but says: “If the nominee is somebody I think is really hurting the country, and dividing the country, I can’t stand behind them. But we have a ways to go.”

10 p.m.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump now says he will no longer honor his pledge to support the eventual Republican pick for president regardless of who wins the nomination.

“I have been treated very unfairly,” Trump says during a televised town hall on CNN in Milwaukee.

He lists the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party and the party establishment among those he believes have been unfair.

He also says he doesn’t expect Cruz to support him if he wins the nomination.

9:50 p.m.

Trump says he thinks the top roles of the U.S. government include security, health care and education, even though he has called for eliminating the U.S. Education Department.

Trump has said throughout the campaign that he would eliminate the Education Department as well as the Environmental Protection Agency if elected president.

9 p.m.

The tearful father of a 35-year-old Marine who died from a drug overdose at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Wisconsin asked Cruz how he would combat opioid abuse.

Marvin Simcakoski’s son Jason died at the Tomah VA Medical Center in 2014. The father asked Cruz at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee on Tuesday whether he would demand stronger prescribing guidelines for the VA and its doctors.

Cruz likened Simcakoski’s death to that of his own half-sister, who died of a drug overdose. He says opiate abuse is “a tragedy we’re seeing across the country.”

Cruz says the VA is dysfunctional and he wants to change the system to allow veterans to receive services from private doctors outside the system.

8:15 p.m.

Cruz says he’s competing to win the Republican presidential nomination outright, but if that doesn’t happen he believes he’s in a “strong position” to capture it at the GOP convention this summer.

Cruz says: “We are competing to win. We’re not competing to stop Donald Trump.”

Trump has 736 delegates and is the only candidate with a realistic path to clinching the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7.

Cruz says if he doesn’t get the 1,237 necessary before the convention, he still believes he will be in a strong position to win the nomination.