New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had strong words about balancing core values like human rights with security at Thursday night's debate.
(CNN) - In response to a question about Pakistan, Democratic candidate Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, said human rights come before national security.
"Security is more important than human rights. If I'm president, it's the other way around," he said.
Richardson emphasized Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's need to restore the constitution, the supreme court and let former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto run in a free election.
When asked to clarify by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Richardson reaffirmed his position about security and said, "It's not just about what Halliburton wants in Iraq. It's also about our values and freedom, equality. Our strength is not just military and economic. Our strength as a nation is our values, quality, freedom, democracy, human rights. That's where we're strong."
– CNN's Adam P. Levy