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Nancy Pelosi: Paul Ryan's budget is 'not good for children and other living things'

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Beltway Confidential,Opinion,Joel Gehrke

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., obliquely compared the budget offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to the Vietnam War by dredging up a 48-year-old antiwar slogan as her bumper-sticker argument against it.

Pelosi doesn't want the entire 2014 election to be about the Ryan budget, but she wants it to play a part. "It's deadly serious, and it's 'not good for children and other living things,'" she told reporters Thursday. "How we reduce it to a bumper sticker, well, we'll see, but the fact is that this is a case that has to be brought to the American people."

The line comes from a slogan used by Another Mother for Peace and designed by Lorraine Schneider in 1966: "War is not healthy for children and other living things."

It's not the first time someone has suggested Ryan is dangerous. In 2011 and 2012, a liberal group called The Agenda Project aired ads that showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.

Ryan blunted the attack on how his budget overhauls Medicare by campaigning with his mother, a Medicare recipient who lives in Florida.

“She is why I am here. She and her grandchildren -- that's why I'm here,” Ryan said in 2012. “It's what my mom relies on."

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