Gingrich: Child-Labor Laws ‘Stupid’

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At least kids don’t get to vote in presidential elections. Newt Gingrich blamed unions for “crippling” children and called child-labor laws “truly stupid,” in a speech about changing the “culture of poverty in America.” He said, “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, in child laws, which are truly stupid.” He added, “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor, and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they’d have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.” Gingrich, who said over the weekend that Occupy Wall Street protesters need to “get a job,” is currently leading in the race for the nomination, according to the latest CNN poll. The survey found that 24 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would support Gingrich, while just 20 percent said they would support Mitt Romney.