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Gingrich reiterates plan to hire poor kids as school janitors

Speaking in Iowa today, Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich repeated his idea for schoolkids in poor neighborhoods to take over some of the jobs adults are normally employed to do — greeter, for instance, or assistant librarian or janitor — in exchange for cash and, apparently, lessons in work ethic.

Gingrich, who according to a new national poll is leading 38 percent to Mitt Romney’s 17 percent among Republicans, offered no evidence to back up his claim that “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works.” These children, he said, “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

Here’s the clip, via CBS News:

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Gingrich calls child labor rules “truly stupid,” advocates replacing school janitors with students

Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich told an audience on Friday that “truly stupid” child labor laws are entrapping children in America’s poorest neighborhoods.

“Okay, you say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, fourteen, sixteen years of age,” he said. “Fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing.”

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