Donald Trump holds rally in Orlando

Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 07:47:04-05

ORLANDO, Fla,- Republican front-runner Donald Trump says he will clinch the GOP nomination if he wins Florida's March 15 primary.

He told thousands of supporters in Orlando on Saturday that "if we win Florida, believe me, it's over."

Cheers erupted from the capacity-crowd inside the University of Central Florida campus arena. At one point, Trump got the crowd to raise their right hands and pledge to vote for him.

He delivered his speech the same day early voting began statewide in Florida. GOP voters have already mailed in more than 457,000 absentee ballots.

Trump said he wants to loosen the laws that limit the use of torture if he's elected to the White House.  "We're going to have those laws broadened, because we are playing with two sets of rules -- their rules and our rules."

Trump added, "We're going to stay within the law, but we're going to increase it."

Trump this week appeared to reverse his stance on the use of torture after he was criticized by top Republican national security experts. He had previously advocated killing the wives and children of violent Islamic extremists, as well as bringing back waterboarding, a practice discontinued by the Obama administration.

Trump said this week in a statement that he would "use every legal power ... to stop these terrorist enemies," but he vowed not to order military or other officials to violate international law.