Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), a candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat, appeared on CNN moments ago to discuss his comments from earlier this week in which he floated the idea of kids working to pay for free lunches.
He insisted that the comments were part of a discussion and not a statement of policy. He also said that he is not picking on any particular socioeconomic class.
“These kids don’t want to be there, their parents don’t want to be there,” he said, adding that he believes his job is to help promote policies through which families can find better jobs and thrive.
Video is not yet available, but we’ll update with it later, assuming it is posted on the Interwebs.
[UPDATE] Here’s Politico‘s story on Kingston’s appearance this morning.