March 22nd, 2010
04:04 PM ET
5 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. Wanderer

    This could be a good test to reveal the true color of those who claim to be self-righteousness, holier-than-thou, and/or religious.

    March 22, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. ToughLove

    It's a deranged and cold-hearted society that can have their representatives pass a bill for all those OUTSIDE the womb while innocent babies continue to be slaughtered INSIDE the womb.

    March 22, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Chris in SC

    Misconstrued huh? Sure! This is exceptionally hard to believe given the recent behavior of many Republicans in congress.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Hearit

    What an uncivilized jerk- to yell something like that in the House chamber. I may not agree with many Southerners' political views, but I had previously, in my visits to areas of the South, found them to be among the most civil, well-mannered people on the Earth. This man is an abomination, an embarrassment to his party, his state, and to the Congress of the United States. Fellow Congressman must be allowed to vote their conscience, and state their views without harrassment.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Courtney

    This man is a fool.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Joyce

    This is par for the course

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. roy

    This is just another example of how the right wing republicans show utter contempt for this White House. Never in all my 55 years have a ever seen such behavior .These creatons cannot stand that a Black American is in the white house other as a cleaner, cook, or gardner.
    The republicans have acted as traitors to America pushing their own personal and paid for by lobbyists agendas and should be at the lest elected out of office.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. jeff jackson, alabama

    People with weak stomachs would be
    well advised to never watch the British
    Parliament debate an issue on public
    television.
    And from what I've read on American
    history, there was a time in D.C. that
    our leaders were very verbal with one
    another. Those are the leaders who built
    this country. Opinions should not be censored
    just because of decorum.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Jus tlike the rest

    Yeah, and the tea partiers shouting racial slurs are just "venting off steam."

    Whatever helps you sleep at night.

    March 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Robert MacNuty

    Randy, Randy, Randy. Blame it on the 'others', misconstruing your message. Bet you will get lots of back slaps among your cronies for your courage.

    You are a disgrace to public office, you take the civil out of debate. In another age, you would be an anonymous backstabber, now you are just a pathetic old man. Be sure to go to church this Sunday.

    March 22, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This guy is disgusting !!! How dare he ???? once again it is from a RED State. Hate think what he is going to be like when the GOP makes little if any gains in November.

    March 22, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Constance Berra

    The man should be censored for his junior high like behavior. His reasons do not excuse him. As for his fear for the unborn? HA. It's an excuse!
    His NO vote proves he and his entire party in the House ONLY care about the unborn. It's obvious that neither Mr. Neugebauer nor any other Republican care about the welfare of the LIVING.
    Texas has become so far right it should secede. Its fanatics are out of control.

    March 22, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. StBerpuppy

    What a crock. That's not what he said, I listened to it over and over. These guys say so many stupid things without thinking them through first, that it surprises me why they even get embarrassed whey they're caught. This guy is a joke.

    March 22, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Beth

    It blows my mind that the GOP is perfectly fine with spending government money on two wars where countless INNOCENT men, women and CHILDREN have been killed...not to mention the soldiers from other countries AND the 4000+ American soldiers who have given their lives.

    Yet...voting yes for a healthcare bill in which NO federal money will be used for abortions justifies calling someone a "baby killer".

    Could someone please explain this to me...and how it makes ANY sense at all?

    March 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. jay

    ..Republicans support the Pharma industry and they kill countless of thousands every year with their poison...TheFDA allows all kinds of crap in our food that kills also....So people in glass houses do not need to throw stones..Im not for abortion either but I think we ought to do all we can to get women to avoid being in that situation.

    March 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Susan

    Right. And if you believe that.....

    March 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Trevor

    its hard to believe texans are still allowed to hold any sort of office. We should probably start sending people in there to baby sit their congressmen and senators. We all know how bad just one texan can screw everything up.

    March 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. thinkingharder

    Such shouts, slogans and name calling is indicative of an inability to think clearly enough to speak in logical sentences and formulate logical arguments. is this a Republican problem nationwide or limited to South Carolina and Texas Republicans?

    March 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. sharon brown

    The repeated warnings of payback at the polls in November should be heeded by ALL concerned. We will pay a political price for bad behaviors as well.

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. sheppard

    It's pretty hard for 'baby killer' to mean more than one thing... you, sir, are a disgrace!

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    This Congressman is most likely linked to the same Tea Party protesters who was using the N-Word and spitting at Democrats!!!

    If this is what the Republicans want to portray themselves as – then this is what the Republicans will be recognize as – Case and POINT!!

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Jerod

    What an idiot! Did Republicans not learn their lesson from that guy from SC shouting YOU LIE? What happened to the day where politicians would give each other respect or at least silence when others are talking? All they are doing is lowering their intelligence by shouting these comments. What a sad funny looking man.

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Vets4Obama

    The baby killers are the republicans.

    No republican voted for this bill, as such, any and all babies that are saved due to a clause in this bill, is a baby that the republicans wanted to die. Any baby that grows up but would have been dead if not for the passage of this bill, is a baby ALL republicans wish to murder.

    Republicans: The party of baby killers.

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Jim

    This "hate speech" by another southern Republican just shows his IGNORANCE. I can't believe this tired old argument trying to OPPRESS
    women's right to CHOOSE, which is protectedunder the LAW. The "moral majority " is still NEITHER. This tied old fat cat inTexas is just another example of what is WRONG with this CONGRESS. Say
    anything to PANDER to the RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS in this country and Then apologize. It's ridiculous and since when does the right wing care about people. They are only concerned with their own
    GREED.

    March 22, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Logan

    Shameful, and I'm from Texas.

    March 22, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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