Former Governor Mitt Romney may be the front runner when it comes to the Republican presidential nomination, but that doesn't mean that the 11th commandment (thou shalt not speak badly of a fellow Republican) is in effect. The Susan B. Anthony List is still pushing the candidate hard on his refusal to sign their "pledge".
It has also faced some misinformed criticism, however, not only from the media but from other presidential candidates who refuse to sign on to the pledge’s four basic principles. The most notable of these candidates is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has penned his own anti-abortion pledge as a way to set forth to voters exactly where he stands on the issue. While it is encouraging to see Romney explain to the American public his anti-abortion stance, including judicial appointments and the defunding of Planned Parenthood, one crucial concern remains.
Romney has stated that a primary problem with the SBA List’s pledge is the restraints it would put on him as president to appoint certain individuals to Cabinet-level positions. His implicit suggestion is that any appointments of abortion-rights supporters would be forbidden should he sign the pledge. This is simply not the case.
Romney is not the only candidate to refuse to sign -- Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson have refused as well.