Republican presidential candidate Trump, who won victories in Louisiana and Kentucky, called on rival Sen. Marco Rubio to quit the race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who declared victory in Louisiana and Kentucky Saturday, called for rival Sen. Marco Rubio to quit the race as he congratulated rival Sen. Ted Cruz on his victories, in remarks in West Palm Beach, Florida. "I want to congratulate Ted on Maine and Kansas, he should do well in Maine, because it is very close to Canada, lets face it," Trump said. "I think marco Rubio had a very bad night, and personally I would call for him to drop out, I think it is time now for him to drop out of the race," Trump said. He also said that it would be a mistake for his Republican detractors to try to mount a third party run against him. He said a third party run would guarantee a victory for the democrats who would then be able to appoint as many as five Supreme Court justices, "That is a total wipe out for conservatives and for republicans," he said. Trump has a substantial lead in the delegates needed to secure the nomination at the Republican National Convention, but has come under a barrage of blistering attacks from his party's establishment. The four Republican contests on Saturday together account for just 155 delegates. They are open only to registered Republicans, excluding the independent and disaffected Democratic voters who have helped Trump surge to the lead. 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, a U.S. senator from Arizona, said Trump's foreign policy views were uninformed and dangerous.