March 23rd, 2010
08:11 PM ET
11 years ago

In Web video, Neugebauer says he'll continue to speak out

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn,' Rep. Neugebauer says in a Web video."]
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Randy Neugebauer, the Texas Republican who sparked controversy when he yelled out 'baby killer' on the House floor Sunday night, is not backing down from his vocal opposition to abortion.

"I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn," Neugebauer says in a Web video posted on his campaign Web site.

Referring to his outburst, the Republican also says, "And I will continue to speak with the same passion that I did last night, maybe with a little bit different form, but still with the same intensity."

The video is embedded on the Web page, just above large red button that says "Donate Today."

The congressman thanks his supporters in a note below the video player.

"Thank you for your support and contributions as I stand firm in my commitment against the government takeover of healthcare and for protecting the sanctity of life," he writes.

As Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, delivered a speech Sunday night on the contentious issue of whether the health care reform bill would allow for federal funds to be used for abortions, someone shouted out "baby killer," from the Republican side of the aisle. It was unclear until Monday afternoon who yelled out.

The outburst was immediately interpreted as being directed at Stupak, who staunchly opposes abortion and who led a coalition of anti-abortion rights Democrats that threatened to withhold their support for the health care bill over the issue of abortion funding. Stupak and his like-minded Democrats reached an agreement with the White House on the issue, thus assuring that there would be the necessary 216 votes to pass the bill. Stupak was explaining the terms of the deal when the "baby killer" outburst occurred.

In a statement released Monday, Neugebauer acknowledged that that he was the person who yelled "baby killer." But the Texas Republican said he shouted out "'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by Stupak's Democratic coalition.

Neugebauer reiterated his frustration about the agreement reached between the White House and House Democrats in his video.

"Not only did we see the government takeover of your health care, but we saw the lives of unborn children used as a bargaining chip to somehow get the needed votes to pass this legislation," he says.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    This needs to end. There are reports of bricks being thrown at democratic headquarters throughout the US. There's a militia guy in Georgia saying that people are cleaning their rifles (while, I might add, collecting disability checks from the same government he wants to overthrow, go figure). That imbecile from AK is posting crosshairs targets on 20 democrats who voted for healthcare reform in districts that voted for mccain in 2008 and talking about reloading.
    The repugs don't have a thought of their own. They continue to lead (or try to lead) by fear and hate and bigotry.

    March 23, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |

    You wackos crack me up: protect th eunborn but kill them once born by starvation and endless wars? What Would Jesus Do, congressman and all you nutwingers?

    March 23, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. historian

    What a great way to fundraise – I am very disappoint in him as a man of principle. He is a cruel, vicious, spiteful and mean-spirited person who doesn't follow protocol. He should be repremanded – to reward someone for doing something wrong is terrible.

    March 23, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. GK

    Really? He takes pride in his rude and crass behavior, behavior he apologized for, and now is seeking to profit off of it. I wonder if that guy who threw the shoe at President Bush asked for donations? I mean, expect Borat to do something, but a congressman? Nicely done sir.

    March 23, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Steve Lyons

    I wish he could do something more forceful than just use words.

    March 23, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. another dave from texas

    This Republican heckling has got to stop, if not for simple decency's sake, then to put a premature end to what could become an out-of-control epidemic. Joe Wilson made something like 2 million dollars after he called our President a liar, and now this guy's got a fundraising page up too, right in the aftermath of his faux pas. Talk about "insult to injury." Rodney Dangerfield's been shown more respect. But if this goes unchecked, pretty soon everybody's gonna be trying to out-catcall the last guy in his or her bid to make an almighty dollar for the next election, and we'll be just like British Parliament.

    March 23, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Perhaps he should be allowed to speak that way. Perhaps our government should stop the pretense of being courteous and thoughtful, since their behind-the-back attacks on each-other are anything but that anyway. It is time to just be honest. It's not as if these name-callers will lose their constituency with these phrases anyway. So why not let them just get on with the name calling and be honest about it. Oh wait, you actually wanted politicians to think about issues and make reasonable arguments instead of name-calling? What planet are you from? Or where have you been for the past two decades? (at minimum)

    March 23, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Maybe this guy is now miraculously able to birth babies????

    As far as I am concerned, anyone who cannot birth babies doesn't have a say about women birthing babies.

    March 23, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Guest

    Thank you Senator! Never give-up trying to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It should be God's decision on when a life is terminated, not man's. It always amazes me it is legal for a mother to kill her own unborn baby, but if someone else intentionally causes the death of a woman's unborn baby it is murder.

    March 23, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Stacie

    'I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn."

    Yeah, but you could care less what happens to someone after they're born. Nice pro-life families values, jerk!

    March 23, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Mike

    This guy is a lying scum bag, who has the interest of Insurance Companies before Human Beings.

    March 23, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. WDM

    The right wing of this country is getting really crazy. The Fox and Rush noise machine is doing everything in there power to ratchet up the tone of our political discourse. They are giving validity to pure hate and racism. I don't see this stopping until we have something very bad happen. And the Republican party is trying to ride this hatred into power.

    March 23, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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