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. Kevin

    That's no excuse. You are the worst of the worst.

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Dano

    Why is it that Republicans cannot control their mouths any more? It's as if they've become petulant children. As responsible adults, we often don't agree with other people's opinions or ideas, but most of us have achieved a level of maturity that we don't throw a fit about it. Maybe it's because they got so used to having their own way from 2000 – 2006 and forcing their ideas down everyone's throats, and now that they have to accept other idea's they find they can't do it. They need to grow up and stop acting like children and do their jobs!

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

    Love your professionalism congressman, I'm sure your kids and grand kids appreciated your obvious show of "NO HOME TRAINING!"

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Nick

    If the shoe fits...

    The executive order is a complete farce. It does not change the law as worded and can be overriden by the courts, or revoked by this or any other President, at any time. If the wording in law is not iro-clad, my tax money (and yours) can go to someone who can then by abortion insurance coverage. That is a Federal violation of my practice of religion, period.

    Stupak caved, plain and simple; he just didn't get a ride on Air Force One or a tent full of Obama-supporters like other bought-votes did.

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Dan H

    "The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect."

    Yea, except when you want to use it as a personal forum to get your special interests point across, in the least respectful way imaginable. It's too bad the voting age is 18 because if it was negative 9 months this guy probably would have had enough support to do something. As it is, he lost. More living people wanted this bill to go through then wanted it to fail. Now I understand that Mr. Neugebauer mainly represents embryos that haven't been born yet, so he probably isn't getting the support he needs to accomplish anything. And that is clear today, as he had to act like a crying child to get his point across. Congratulations Mr. Neugebauer, you barely have more maturity then the unborn you represent.

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

    Wow, he must have been to the training camp with Osama. How much haterage is good? is this how Republicans are going to become popular- the most unprofessional way- yelling inside the house while someone is speaking. His fellow texan GW Bush has ruined the country and this old fart wants to say something. Shut your mouth and enjoy your congressmenship while you can. You republicans have done NOTHING for the country- go back to the records. And abortion is a right for woman; she should be incharge of what she wants with the unborn, not some old fart republican.

    March 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Paul Abeln

    This poor excuse for a congressman just can't quite get it together enough to actually tell the truth. He makes up his little phony story and says he has apologized. He is a shining example of the fifth-grade mentality of those called Republicans. So from now on we can expect at least one Republican to shout out some inappropriate remark whenever the cameras are on in the House's chamber? All you fifth-graders out there (AKA Republicans) can now go sit in the corner and suck your thumbs. Try to grow up. You are truly pathetic.

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

    And suppose sending our soldiers to Iraq to fight in a senseless war wasn't.

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

    How can "It's a baby killer" be misconstrued?
    Thank goodness for audio/video technology.
    Maybe it was also taken out of context?
    Oh brother!

    March 22, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Jim from Seattle

    Mr. Neugebauer, you're so appealing to your painfully ignorant, hate-filled base, that you've ensured your reelection. Your base will never know the real contents of the bill, just your deceitful soundbite.
    Don't mess with Texas... it's already a mess – I surely wish you were not a part of the union.. you're always trying to drag us down into your gutter.

    March 22, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. All of america

    Kinda reminds all of us about pelosi when she called tea partiers names

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

    Are you kidding me? After what went on the last week in the House Chamber, to call it a place of decorum and respect is a joke. Stupak and his buddies are baby killers. Anyone who has looked at a sonagram of a child or grandchild knows what I am saying is true.

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

    So he's apposed to the legislation as somehow promoting people becoming "baby killers."? Odd, though, that he has no problem with millions and millions of Americans not having any health care whatsoever, resulting in thousands and thousands of deaths. Someone should have shouted to all the Republicans who are against health care: "people killers!"

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

    Actually, he isn't sorry. He just did this as window dressing to cover his keister. He is another Joe Wilson and nothing more.

    This is one more indication of the heretofore latent hatred being tapped by a very cynical right wing for its political agenda.

    Racial empithets, fear mongering....where does it end? Will the right wing start burning the equivalent of crosses in yards? Will it be bricks and then shot guns through a front window? What about jack boots?

    The far right wing has not far to go before one can label it as being facist, and this guy just one example of that trend.

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

    What?! A plump conservative, silver-spooned white male Republican from Texas? Totally not what I was expecting!

    March 22, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Beverly - NYC

    Gee, took all night to come up with this excuse? Funny that no one else heard the "It's a" part of your outburst.

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

    Randy Rocks!!!!
    we need more like him!
    say it like it is man!

    March 22, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Texas Blue

    Yep....great.....way to make Texas look great.....again. Classy...really classy.

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

    Joe Wilson had a member of his "club" of dumb, unethical, uncourteous members of congress.

    What else is there to say?

    March 22, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Kevin Barbieux

    So, not allowing 30,000,000 people to have health care is somehow saving babies? Just how many "wanted" babies would die without prenatal care? Perhaps the baby he is really talking about is the fat baby of a financial donation from the insurance lobbyist that he'll no longer get.

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

    So, I guess it took him this long to come up with a decent excuse. Funny how no one heard the "it's a" part. If it was all just a misunderstanding, why has he been hiding most of the day and last night, and why were his colleagues covering up for him?

    Sad but true, the tea party antics of screaming during civilized debates has carried on right into the house chambers. Let's just hope they don't start bringing in assult rifles and shouting racial epitaphs like the tea partiers they're so cosey with these days. I know things get heated, but let's hope they can keep their spit to themselves.

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

    This is just sick. I am shocked that a politician would lose his cool and lash out like this on the floor. I am sure he will become the poster idiot for the pro-life nuts (just like the "you lie" guy) but I don't care what group you associate yourself with, act respectfully. Idiot.

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

    Right, these guys always offend and divide first then they apologize. When are they going to get that they are part of a two party system and things can not always go their way?

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

    Glad this guy isn’t my representative. I'd be so embarrassed.

    March 22, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Mary Flynn

    Tell him his apology is not accepted. They always "make mistakes."
    It's time for the person who says things to be held accountable.

    March 22, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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