GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer says poor parents of students who eat free or reduced-price meals in school cafeterias should be required to attend parent-teacher conferences, or the students should go without.

The Greenville News reports Saturday that Bauer drew a comparison between feeding stray animals and doling out government assistance.

Bauer said the government can't afford to keep giving money away without requiring something in return. He said poor people should lose their benefits if they don't pass drug tests, and parents should be required to be more active in their children's education.

The gubernatorial candidate made the remarks during a town hall meeting Friday in Fountain Inn. Bauer did not immediately return a call Saturday from The Associated Press.

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