Gingrich stand by anti-child labor law comments

Gingrich stand by anti-child labor law comments

Newt Gingrich stood by his controversial stance against certain laws governing child labor Thursday saying his previous comments were “spun out of control” by “the left.”

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” the former House speaker told an audience at the headquarters for Nationwide Insurance.

He then seemed to imply that a young, poor individual’s only likely source of possible income would be from breaking the law.

“They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’– unless it’s illegal.”

Gingrich added that most successful businesspeople he knows started work “early” and made some kind of money when they were kids, whether it was by babysitting or mowing lawns.

Almost two weeks ago Gingrich called laws preventing child labor “truly stupid” and suggested students take the jobs of many janitors.