(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson made clear what he would do with private military contractors in Iraq if he was elected president. "I would pull out all the contractors," he said.
"What I believe we need to do is we need to reform our military," Richardson said in response to a question from CNN's Suzanne Malveaux about whether pulling contractors out of Iraq might put an additional strain on an already stretched U.S. military presence in there. "This is what I would do. This war in Iraq has bled us enormously, has bled our military enormously."
"I would find ways to keep the all-volunteer force. Now, I would say to you that I would have two more divisions in the Army, two more in the Marines," Richardson said. "I would increase military pay and educational benefits, a new GI Bill for our military."
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford