Washington: Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump has asked the party leadership to embrace millions of new supporters who are joining it, saying they are "fantastic people" who could "easily" win them the elections.
Trump, 69, said the Republican Party had a great chance to embrace millions of people that it's never known before.
"They're coming by the millions. We should seize that opportunity. These are great people. These are fantastic people. These are people that love our country. These are people that want to see America be great again," Trump said during the possibly last primary debate of the Republican party in Miami, Florida on 15 March.
"These are people that will win us the election and win it easily. These are people that once the election is won will be able to put Supreme Court justices up that will do a fabulous job. If we lose this election, you're going to have three, four or maybe even five justices and this country will never, ever recover. It will take centuries to recover," Trump said.
With wins in as any as 14 States, Trump as of now has the maximum number of delegates (458) followed by Senator Ted Cruz (359) and Marco Rubio (151).
To win the party's presidential nominee, the candidates need to have the support of 1237 delegates out of a total of 2472 delegates.
"I just say embrace these millions of people that now for the first time ever love the Republican Party. And unify. Be smart and unify," Trump said, referring to thousands of people who have been joining his rallies across the country.
He said the Republican candidate with largest number of delegates should be elected as the party's nominee for the 2016 presidential elections.
"First of all, I think I'm going to have the delegates. OK? I think. Let's see what happens...I would say this whoever gets the most delegates should win. That's what I think," Trump said in response to a question if he was gearing for a brokered convention.
Leading Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz opposed the idea of a brokered convention.
"Make me president," Trump intervened.
"Donald, you are welcome to be president of the Smithsonian," Cruz said amidst laughter and applause from the audience.
"There are some in Washington who are having fevered dreams of a brokered convention. They are unhappy with how the people are voting and they want to parachute in their favoured Washington candidate to be the nominee. I think that would be an absolute disaster and we need to respect the will of the voters," Cruz said.
Trump also said he had been self-funding his campaign so far, but have not taken a final call on its future.
"I'm self-funding my campaign, and the reason is that I've been in this business a long time and I was on the other side until eight months ago. I made massive contributions, large contributions to politicians, both Democrats and Republicans," he said.
First Published On : Mar 11, 2016 14:02 IST