Chuck Todd tried 9 times to get Ted Cruz to answer whether he'll support Donald Trump

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Will Cruz Support Trump?

Sen. Ted Cruz wouldn't answer whether he'd support Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump if he captures the party's nomination — even when the question was posed to him nine times in a row on Sunday.

During a "Meet The Press" interview, moderator Chuck Todd pressed Cruz repeatedly to answer whether he would support Trump, should the real-estate mogul become the Republican presidential nominee.

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"I'm going to beat him," Cruz said after Todd pressed him to answer.

Because of Trump's sizable delegate lead, Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich cannot mathematically capture the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination during the first rounding of voting at the Republican National Convention in July. Still, both campaigns are fighting to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

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Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a campaign rally in support of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Rothschild, Wisconsin, U.S. March 28, 2016. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to announce former business executive Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the party's nomination, ABC News affiliate WMUR reported, citing unnamed sources. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo
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When the Texas senator asserted that members of the media wanted him to "surrender to Donald Trump," Todd pushed back.

"It's not about the media. Senator, it's about the numbers. Republican voters are the ones rejecting you. It's not a media conspiracy," Todd said.

"Well, actually, with all due respect, the media has given 2 billion [dollars] in free advertising to Donald," Cruz shot back, an apparent reference to a New York Times report that delved into Trump's free-media exposure.

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Throughout the interview, the Texas senator maintained that Todd's line of questioning was an irrelevant media conspiracy perpetuated by "partisan Democrats" in the media.

Still, Todd relentlessly pressed Cruz to answer.

"Why won't you answer this question straightforward, black and white?" Todd said.

"I am going to beat Donald Trump, and we are going to a contested convention," Cruz said.

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"All right, so let the record show, you have not taken a position on whether you can support Donald Trump if he's the nominee," Todd said.

"And let the record show you tried very very hard to get me to commit to supporting Trump," Cruz said.

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