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Rick Perry calls on Donald Trump to withdraw from presidential race

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Donald Trump once again broke Ronald Reagan’s legendary “Eleventh Commandment:” Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

On Thursday, the real-estate mogul and presidential candidate reached full battle mode with Sen. John McCain, after Trump attacked the veteran Arizona Republican by calling him “dummy.”

Fellow presidential hopeful Rick Perry took to Twitter Saturday, calling for Trump to drop out of the race.

“Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country,” Perry said. “As a veteran and an American, I respect Sen. McCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same of Mr. Trump. His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander- in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.”

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, had criticized Trump’s widely panned comments on Mexican immigrants, where he said they bring crime and drugs to the United States, calling them “rapists.”

Republican pollster Frank Luntz, while moderating the Family Leader Summit of religious conservatives Saturday afternoon, pressed Trump on his McCain comment.

Lutz called McCain as “a war hero” who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his plane was shot down in combat.

Trump refused to apologize, saying McCain is a war hero only “because he was captured.”

“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump added.

Trump added that he is not ruling out a third-party run if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination. He was one of 10 GOP presidential candidates at the event in Ames, Iowa.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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