March 22nd, 2010
04:04 PM ET
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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. Chet

    How in thw world can that comment be misconstrued? We the people hear you loud and clear thank you. I bet you are a tea bagger as well.

    March 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. SC-Pub "no" more

    I love it when these brave idiots run their inane mouths and then sping their innocence. This guy like S.C. Wilson reveals to the world the vile nefarious souls these people have. This is what they are doing to congress and to our country...

    March 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Joshua College Station Texas

    Thank you for representing Texas with such maturity.

    March 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. David in San Francisco

    Congressman Neugebauer: You Lie!!!

    We all know what you said and what you meant. Fess up to it.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Yeah, Right

    This isn't an apology, it's a rationalization for an uncivilized lack of self control. This guy will undoubtedly be canonized by his fellow right wing nut jobs, and I will undoubtedly be chastised for my comments. Maybe he should have been outside with the Tea "Party Animals" so that he could have really gotten loose with what was on his small mind. Or, maybe he could have shown his concern by crafting an alternative proposal.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. mike

    Hi, I would like to know (since here in europe we do not know all the aspects of this reform) how it affects to the unborns.
    Thanks for clarifying.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. PRH

    Way to keep it classy, Neugebauer, you nitwit.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Mike.

    This "man", his lack of common courtesy and dignity, as well as his pathetic excuse are an example of what's wrong with politics in America today. He is a disgrace to his party, the congress and the country.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. JB

    Such awesome decorum by the Repub's.

    Between this guy, Mr "you lie" and their constituents yelling out racial slurs, ya just gotta love this bunch.

    Sheeeesh!

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. ephraim

    How on God's green earth can anyone accept that a comment like
    this in any context is somehow appropriate? There is nothing misconstrued about it, he didn't yell it out at every other vote cast, he yelled it at Stupak. Plain and simple. It falls in the same category as
    the other Republicans and Teabaggers hurling racist and defamatory insults outside on the capitol steps. Neugebauer should be ashamed!

    While I believe Stupak held most of America hostage with his weeks of grandstanding, he finally made a wise and informed choice. There is no way the bill that passed kills babies, and in general the bill has been used as a proxy for racism, bigotry and fear-mongering by all Republicans. All the spin doctoring in the world will never wipe
    these claims clean.

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Robert Freeman

    Dear Randy:

    I am your constituent. I was embarrassed for the whole party last night, but hearing that it now came from you, I'm doubly so.

    Resign.

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Ealdwulf

    This man is what's wrong with Washington. Have some respect for yourself and your station and please don't shout out like 3rd grader at recess. What a disgrace to his office.

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Jason718

    Stunning ignorance. The data is clear. Better health care = fewer abortions. That 'inconvenient truth' is demonstrated in every other industrialized country with universal health care AND legal abortion. If people like Rep Neugebauer were serious about reducing abortions, they'd be ardent supporters of expanding access to good health care, especially for the poor (who have most abortions)/

    The fact that these frothing-at-the-mouth representatives and their "fearful" constituents chose to ignore that indicates they are more interested in politics than actually reducing the number of abortions.

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Rush

    Ofcourse they fear the bill. YOU taught them too!

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Steph

    God Bless Rep. Stupak. Last night he truly proved to be pro-life (inside and outside of the womb). As a woman, I thank him for standing up so many more women can receive the pre and post natal care they need to have healthy children. Please review the latest report from Amnesty International about the percentage of women in the United States who die during child birth. We can and need to do better.

    Stonger abortion language doesn't do a single thing to help women live through child birth!

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Scott O'Canada

    The sanctimonious rhetoric coming from those on the right is getting more obsurd by the minute. Pro-life to them only means until your born, then "you're on your own kid". If our politicians showed such wanton hypocrisy up here, they'd be booted back to the 17th century where they belong.

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. coffee party advocate

    This type of behavior is exactly what's wrong with the direction of our government. Republicans and Democrats alike are more concerned with their own 15 minutes of fame that might get them reelected than having a legitimate debate about current issues. Does anyone really still think that these outbursts aren't planned. I really hope that this theater of absurd is limited to the health care bill because we can't continue encouraging these attempts to polarize the country through fear and aggression merely for personal gain. And this goes for both parties. We're in some serious debt, unemployment, and war related issues, and the jerks at FAUX news and BSNBC need to quit "rallying their base" by supporting these sensation mongers.

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Vinca Calla

    You will know them by their fruit (i.e., by what they do). The Democrat party is INDEED the party of baby killers!

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Texas Congressman's lack of respect

    Over the past 6 months, I have been disgusted at the lack of respect from certain congressmen from the most recent comment from Texas' Neugebauer to the outburst during the President's speech.

    What is this world coming to when these unprofessional comments are allowed and met with no discipline?

    The result = the tea party and other republican backers see congress get away with it, so they feel they can disrespect the President and Congressional members as we saw this weekend on the hill. What a disgrace. They should have been arrested.

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. schalken

    When nobody noticed it was him, he had to rush to the media to make sure he was gonna get his alloted 15 minutes of attention. Looking for a Joe Wilson-esque boost there, Randy?

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. get real

    Not sure how "baby killer" can be misconstrued....

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Chad Huffman

    Perhaps Mr. Neugebauer is willing to give up his pay for the many children born into poverty every year. That is a real pro life stance.

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Mike

    Not going to express my feelings about the comment one way or the other but last I heard we have free speech and he wasn't yelling fire so whats the issue?

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

    Wonder how many “babies” have been killed by American insurance companies because they refuse to pay for prenatal care or won’t cover the mother at all since she has a pre-exiting condition or cancels the health insurance because the cost of the pregnancy is over the set limit????

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Matt

    The republicans would rather let you die any time after birth. So shameful that the one that led the charge to protect babys is the one that gets heckled.

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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