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Will cut off funding for the UN Population Fund: Romney

February 11, 2012 12:21 IST

Calling China's one-child norm "barbaric", top Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to cut off United States aid to the United Nations Population Fund for supporting Beijing's policy.

If elected President, "I will cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports China's barbaric one-child policy," Romney said in his address at theĀ  Conservative Political Action conference in Washington.

Asserting that his presidency would be a pro-life presidency, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, said he will ensure that organisations like Planned Parenthood get no more federal support.

"I will reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent life in this country," he said.

"The presidency is more than public office. It is a sacred trust. As President, I will honour that trust by assuring that America remains the greatest military power on the face of the Earth. I will not be cutting our military budget," he said.

Romney, 64, is considered a front-runner to bag the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Barack Obama in the November elections for US presidency.

"Today, we really are poised for victory in November. The pundits and the pollsters are saying that we can win the election, but we have to tell the nation why we should win the election. It is up to us to prove that we are really ready to step forward and lead this country," he said.

The November presidential election, he said, is not just about getting more votes and added that defeating Obama is only one step towards the ultimate goal of "saving America".

Lalit K Jha In Washington
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