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Uproar at Trump rally in Florida

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:42

Several apparent protesters disrupt Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally in Florida, prompting Trump to tell his supporters he would ''unite'' the country as president. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several apparent protesters disrupted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally in Florida on Saturday, prompting Trump to tell his supporters he would "unite" the country as president. "We have a divided country folks, we have a terrible president, who happens to be African American. There has never been a greater division just about than what we have right now," Trump said after the brief interruption. "I will bring people together, I am going to bring people together, you watch," he added. Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has opened a substantial lead in delegates over presidential rivals, hopes to rack up more wins in Republican contests in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine on Saturday. Polling has been scarce in all four states, which together account for just 155 delegates, and the contests are open only to registered Republicans. The exclusion of the independent voters who have helped Trump's surge adds an air of uncertainty to the latest round of state-by-state contests to pick nominees for the Nov. 8 election to succeed President Barack Obama. Since winning seven of 11 contests on Super Tuesday, Trump has come under withering fire from a Republican establishment worried he will lead the party to a resounding defeat in November's election. Mainstream Republicans have blanched at Trump's calls to build a wall on the border with Mexico, round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, called Trump a phony and a fraud who was playing American voters for suckers, and 2008 nominee John McCain, the U.S. senator from Arizona, said Trump's foreign policy views were uninformed and dangerous. The anti-Trump forces have a short window to stop the caustic businessman, who has accumulated 319 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination at July's Republican national convention, outpacing Cruz, who has 226 delegates. On March 15, the delegate-rich states of Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina will vote. Both Florida and Ohio use a winner-take-all method to allocate Republican delegates, making the stakes in those two states particularly high. If Trump takes Florida and Ohio he would be nearly impossible to stop. There are a total of 358 delegates at stake in the five states voting March 15, including 99 in Florida and 66 in Ohio.

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Uproar at Trump rally in Florida

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:42