Eva Longoria Takes on Newt Gingrich Over 'Poor Children' Remarks

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Actress Eva Longoria, a prominent Obama supporter, blasted Newt Gingrich for his comments on the work habits of poor children.

Longoria took to her twitter account Saturday afternoon to criticize the former speaker, writing: "@newtgingrich you clearly know little about the Latina community, Latina entrepreneurs who start businesses at 6 times the national average."

She was referring to comments Gingrich made in Iowa Thursday, where he said "poor children" have no work habits unless it's "illegal."

Latino children have one of the highest poverty rates in the country, according to statistics from the National Poverty Center. Thirty-five percent of Latino children live in poverty, compared to the 38 percent of African-American children and 12 percent of white children.

Gingrich has argued that children in poor neighborhoods should be employed as janitors in schools and he compounded on that idea Thursday, saying: "Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally 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."

The former speaker has risen in the polls in the race for the GOP presidential nomination but has a history of making controversial statements.

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