Dem Candidate Challenging Paul Ryan ‘Honored’ by Anti-Nuclear Weapons Organization Endorsement

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• December 13, 2017 6:14 pm


Randy Bryce, the Democratic candidate challenging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), accepted the endorsement Tuesday of an organization that opposes the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The Council for a Livable World is an organization that orchestrates political contributions in the interest of removing U.S. nuclear weapons through "lobbying and by helping elect and support Members of Congress who share our goals." Bryce tweeted he was "honored" by the council's endorsement.

"Honored to be endorsed in my race against Paul Ryan this morning by the Council for a @Livableworld, partners, and leaders in the fight to make our world a more peaceful place," Bryce Tweeted.

Bryce was unable to provide specifics to CNN's Poppy Harlow in July after being asked about North Korea's nuclear weapons program. During the interview with Harlow, Bryce said he felt the U.S. should be able to defend itself but admitted he had no "specifics" about how he would handle the matter.

"I don't have specifics on what's going on in North Korea," Bryce said. "I feel that we need to be able to defend ourselves."

During the interview, Bryce said he had a trip to Washington, D.C. planned to get "more educated" on the issues.

The founder of the Council for a Livable World, Leo Szilard, founded the council distinctly to persuade elected officials by lobbying with what they call the "sweet voice of reason." But shortly after the council founding in 1962, Szilard said it would take lobbying Congress and "substantial campaign contributions" to even come close to achieving a United States free of nuclear weapons.

It remains unclear how Bryce sees the United States defending itself against North Korea's nuclear weapons, which it has continued testing, if the U.S. officials decided to eliminate its own nuclear weapons.