Donald Trump "totally committed" himself to the Republican Party during Tuesday night's GOP debate. He ruled out an independent bid, "no matter what," and told viewers he would do "everything in [his] power to beat Hillary Clinton" if he's the GOP nominee.

Trump's declaration was welcomed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who said, during an interview Wednesday morning, he "never doubted that any of [the GOP candidates] would reverse course" and renege on their loyalty pledge.

But Trump has either hinted at or explicitly threatened to leave the Republican Party many times before.

In mid-July, less than one month after he announced his bid for the White House, Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper that an independent bid "would be, I think, very bad for the Republicans."

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