March 22nd, 2010
04:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Texas Congressman: I made 'baby killer' remark

Texas Republican Randy Neugebauer admitted to yelling ‘baby killer’ during Sunday’s health care debate.
Texas Republican Randy Neugebauer admitted to yelling ‘baby killer’ during Sunday’s health care debate.

Washington (CNN) – A Texas Republican acknowledged on Monday that he was the person who yelled "baby killer" during Sunday's House debate on health care reform.

Related: Neugebauer should apologize to the House, Dem says

Rep. Randy Neugebauer said he shouted out "'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership" on compromise language that emphasized federal funds would not be used to pay for abortions.

Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak was on the House floor talking about the issue at the time of Neugebauer's outburst. Stupak was the leader of a group of anti-abortion rights Democrats who refused to back health care reform unless their concerns were addressed.

In a statement released by his office, Neugerbauer said that his comments have been misconstrued.

"Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support," he said. "In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.

"I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate."

–CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this report

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Brian

    This is the kind of dangerous rhetoric that is making the political environment so toxic. Our elected officials are supposed to act like adults and work for the good of the people, not shout at one another and use harsh rhetoric when they don't agree with something.

    It's only gonna get worse!

    March 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. hmmsketch

    Ladies and gentlemen, meet your GOP 2012 presidential candidate. Wheeeeee....

    March 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I strongly support you sir! You voted your conscience and stated a fact! Don't back down! The worthless decree or compromise by the president will not trumph a law. Silly democrats. But, then again, thanks, Republicans will win easily in November.

    March 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. BlameBush

    Small wonder, he's from TX, our national religious wackaloon state.

    March 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Nancy

    totally wrong on so many levels

    March 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. kim

    im sick to death of insensitive misplaced comments by the gop.the democratic congressman clearly voted in favor of the bill with reservations due to his abortion stance. the gop just showboats hopefully to their own detriment. hurray for the democrats...

    March 22, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. tocute29

    I wonder how many babies him and his wife have killed?? You know its more ways to kill a fetus then abortion!!

    March 22, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. nunya

    Of course it's a Texan!

    March 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Jane

    Texas congressman, thank you for having the good grace to admit to it. Jane

    March 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    It's amazing how Republicans think they can say what they want and then apologize and it would all be like it was never said. They know what they are doing when they do these things. Congressman Joe "You Lie" Wilson knew what he was doing when he called the President a liar on national TV. It is a shame that Republicans rely on fear to try and stop a bill because they have no other ideas and think the people of this country are stupid.

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. vincent

    another republican confused by the facts. We live in a sorry Country.

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Jay

    He has room to talk. He probably voted to send us to Iraq where over 4,000 of our babies have died. I hate Republicans!

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. paul

    These politicians disgust me. They know we have serious financial and economic problems, however they continue to spend and mortgage our futures. What ever happened to working together for a better tommorow. My opinion, If they are IN now, they are OUT next election. Maybe the new blood will get the message and learn how to be "real conservatives", not cronies for the STATUS QUO. Maranatha LORD (come quickly)

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Walter

    First, South Carolina. Now, Texas.

    Maybe secession wasn't such a bad idea after all.

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Chas

    He should be chastised and censored. Go figure – A TEXAN from the home state of the 8 year do-nothing George Bush!

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Rick Flickinger

    Typical right wing nut job, if anything this bill will help save lives, not only the unborn, but the born as well.

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Duck Fallas

    Anyone who believes his explanation also believes in death panels and that the government just took over healthcare, so he's safe.

    They ALL LIE.

    March 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Ben

    Atleast he was being honest...That's more than I can say about any of the Democrats who for this crap.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. dvdnpdx

    "Misconstrued?" Give me a break.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. AJ

    Typical Republican way of dealing with controversy. No class, disgusting and emabarrassing.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. runphas7

    If one is so weak, he can't control his emotions, how can he work for the people of Texas. Perhaps Mr. Neugebauer is in the wrong profession. At least he "fessed" up. It seems to me, more and more white people disrespect our country and it's principles. Why? I do not know.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. historian

    How uncouth and shameful. Why do we vote people into office that cannot act like adults? Clearly, the behavior of the republicans during this weekend illustrates how little respect they have for our government or the citizens of our government. There should be a law that states if politicans can't act like adults they should be expelled or given a hefty fine. Foreign countries must think we are very foolish.

    March 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    And it was reported out of context.

    The Party of Personal Responsibility.

    March 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. HypocriCNN...And Again...And Again!

    Congressman Randy Neugerbauer R-Texas Is A Disgrace! He Can Attempt To Fix His Comments All He Wants, But He Can't Change That He Both Said And Meant Them.

    March 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Jon In Madison

    I hate how the public is going to make another member of the house feel guilty for doing what I wish they would all do,,,,,,,,tell the truth. When we heard, "You Lie," in reference to Obama, it was true. When Rep. Randy Neugebauer said, "It's a baby killer," he was right. This bill will allow the largest increase to the funding of abortion in the history of the U.S. It is truly sad that our congress saw it fit to allow the genocide of so many innocent unborn children. I thought the democrats were angered by the senseless loss of life in the Iraq war. I agree with you there, why can't you agree that this is another senseless loss of life. God help us all...

    March 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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