Perhaps the best evidence of Mitt Romneys new status as the clear frontrunner in the Republican field is the ferocity with which his competitors have begun attacking him.

Some of the other candidates for the Republican presidential  nomination were accused of being too genteel with their criticisms of the former Massachusetts governor during last weeks debate in Manchester, N.H., but they are making up for it this week with repeated broadsides against Romney.

The shots are mostly aimed at Romney’s refusal to sign a pledge offered by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List pro-life pledge.

The pledge calls on signers to support  only judicial nominees who are pro-life, to select pro-life cabinet members,  to stop taxpayer funding of abortions, and to support a bill that would  ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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