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

Follow Charles Riley on Twitter: @CRrileyCNN


Filed under: Abortion • Bart Stupak • Health care • Popular Posts
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Confused

    He should step down. Besides, that is not what he said at all, how come we didn't hear the "it's a" before you clearly hear "baby killer!"

    Get him out of there.

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Sam

    This guy doesn't deserve to be in Congress.

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Light

    This fool should have been kicked out of the House chambers permanently!

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. ToughLove

    It is a sign of a deranged and stone-hearted society that the same people who would fight so hard to provide healthcare for everyone OUTSIDE THE WOMB...would turn their backs on innocent babies who are literally torn limb from limb IN THE WOMB.

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. TonyH

    Strange how these characters only realize that the "Chamber is a place of decorum" after they already have demeaned it...

    How about fewer outbursts and more attention to the task at hand!

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. peekaboologist

    Everything is bigger in Texas, including juvenile moronic statements.

    March 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. suecav

    The language is clear: federal funds will not be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or where the mother's health is in jeopardy. The Republicans' attempts to LIE about something so clear is pathetic. Their supposed concern for the unborn is merely a political charade to confuse voters.

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. smk

    I have one question. Why, when the Republicans were the leaders during the Bush administration, wasn't something done about abortion then?

    Republicans are two-faced. The spout their contempt while the democrates are the leaders, but what was done when they were in power?

    I am not happy about the legislation either, but Republicans, you really make me sick.

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. LaScarlett

    Good of him to admit it and apologize. I still think that by the same logic, the Republicans who were in power for 12 yrs and did nothing while thousands and thousands of Americans died because they had no health coverage are killers too then. right?

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. rhonda

    I am against abortion. I am also against children brought into this world who are abused and murdered. Congressman what can you do to eliminate un wanted pregnacies? Abortions will happens as they have before with or without government involvement.

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. mrs b

    I am glad he admitted this and apologized. It is sad indeed that we have Congressmen who have participated in racial slurs and degrading comments to our lawmakers who were sent there to do what is best for the American people. Of couse there will be diagreements, but we had an election in November of 2008 which resulted in major changes. Hopefully we teach our children who to disagree with grace and "lose' a few battles along the way.

    March 22, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. PJaxParker

    Oh, misconstrued. Does that happen before or after your are identified as the source of the comment?

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Elana

    Regardless of your "intent" your actions are exactly what is causing the hatred and nasty tone of discourse. We "common people" look to our elected representives for direction on the issues of the day. Why is anyone surprised about the rudeness at rallies, protests, etc, when the supposed leaders act like barbarians. My 4 and 5 year old children are taught not to name call or insult when they are angry. They seem to grasp the concept- why can't you. And one more point...so its okay to save a fetus' life, but not a middle age person dying of cancer who has no health insurance. Brililant.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Nick San Diego

    the hate thats been seen in the Republican Party and their followers since the 2000 elections, has been too much for me.
    As a Conservative Republican from the Goldwater days, I found I could no longer vote for Bush 2 the second time around.
    These outburst by these Repubs Representatives and the Tea Party loud mouths has only convinced me to turn Independent.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Ralph from Carterville Illinois

    What an idiot. He's not fit to serve IMO.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Miguel Reyes

    Just wish he could have expressed the same kind of passion when they decided to spend billions of dollars in war nobody wanted, to kill people abroad and have our men and women killed or mimed by bombs...... if only.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Clay Barkley

    What an embarrassment. I'm from Texas (Carrollton)and a long-time Republican, and this makes us all look bad. It's the House of Representatives, for crying out loud. Learn some manners, Rep. Neugebauer.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Duke

    Kudos to your pr office. Just adding a couple words can change the entire context of what you said. Well done.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Robert from Abilene, TX

    Being one of his constituents...he doesn't know what some of us want. And it's certainly not to yell even "It's a baby killer."

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. CF

    He, and the others in opposition to this bill, care more about unformed cells in a woman's uterus than they do about the 40,000 Americans, young and old, who die every year for lack of health insurance.

    They may be pro-fetus, but they are not pro-life. They stomp and shout about caring for the unborn, but don't give a darn about life after birth.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Mr Moderaton

    The Congressman who yelled out is a nit wit. Everyone of the members of Congress and the Senate are nit wits. They are wasting taxpayers time and money on a useless piece of legislation that will have no real effect for several years and even then the cost will be greater than they anticipate.
    There is nothing in the Constitution that guarantees health care for everyone. NOTHING. They are making government so big it can't get out of its own way.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. mary

    What's the difference betwenn killing babies and killing adults? Can somebody ask this moronic politician if he believes in the death penalty or the death of soldiers on battlefields?

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. X-RepublicanBecauseOfBush

    Representative Bart Stupak was once a policeman, willing to put his life on the line for fellow citizens.

    On the other hand, Representative Randy Neugebauer spent his lifetime in real estate and as a Republican congressman.... no honor during his entire life time, and no honor last night for his colleauge in the people's house.

    He's a PRIME EXAMPLE of what the Republican party has become.... a group of neo-cons who have never served their country in uniform that display absolutely the lowest class of behavior!!

    March 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Nathan Clayton

    To Randy Neugebauer – Your actions were not mistaken. You said exactly how you feel. I think your a Texas redneck ignorant jerk, You have no idea what respect means.

    March 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Angie in PA

    Oh those republicans are sure classy! I Mean you lie wilson and now this and their tea party followers have even more class spitting on congressmen making racial slurs looks like we have our own taliban THE REPUBLICANS!

    March 22, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12