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. Mickey

    Just another Republican domestic terrorist whose career has ended...good riddance!

    March 23, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    Neugebauer is free to speak out, no matter how vile his comments are. Its working for him! He has figured out, that just like Joe "liar" Wilson, he can raise some money from the nutcase crowd. Good luck with that.

    But I believe that there is a silent majority in our nation, who is sick and tired of the GOP's vitriol.

    We, Americans, do not like bullies and that is what the Republicans have become.

    Question for CNN: Why didn't you cover the Tea Party protest? And allow America to see the hatred that has been spewed in Washington D.C.?

    March 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Gerald West

    Silly old fools! They lament the "unborn" but don't give a flip about the hundreds of thousands of real persons who die from lack of comprehensive medical care, or cancellation of health care coverage due to the need for expensive treatment or "death panel" lifetime maximums.

    March 23, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Linda

    I knew it! Just a ruse to get donations for his compaign! What a piece of work!

    March 23, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Jack

    Sir; As far as I am concerned "you are best example of a grown adult throwing a childish temper tantum.

    As a conservative you embarrass me!

    March 23, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Steph

    Another fine role model for our children. These folks should be ashamed of themselves, but apparently some people will do anything to raise money. Nice values Republicans!

    March 23, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. 6.5 Years the shrub worked and 1.5 years the shrub rested, just think, the recession could have been worse!

    See we all knew it was a campaign fund raiser, just like Wilson's was.

    March 23, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    In his quest to become the Joe Wilson of Lubbock, Texas, Nogoodbugger has no shame and his sense of hyperbole appeals only to the lowest common denominator of humanity. Calling Stupak a baby-killer was a dangerous afront to civility and decorum. Perhaps Nogoodbugger has the same view of the Catholic organizations that endorsed HCR? Like Joe Wilson, Randy will say anything to get famous and raise money for his campaigns. Now Randy has reduced himself to being irrelevant in Washington. We are all dumber for having listened to Randy's vicious and juvenile rant.

    March 23, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Even a 2 year old knows when to be quiet. The Republicans are a bunch of ill-mannered goons who have no respect for Rules of Order. Instead, the rest of the ugly Right cheers them on. It's sickening!

    March 23, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Susan, AZ

    Poor guy, nobody blamed him. He has to come forward to admit his stupidity. After all, think abt the donations he will get.
    Joe Wilson effect.

    March 23, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. normajean

    I've always wondered why it's the men who are so anxious to speak out about womens rights. Frankly, I think until THEY start getting pregnant intentionally or accidently that they should be a lot more concerned with their own [obvious] problems and let the women decide among themselves just how to handle the variances of the situation.Men do not think as women do and can not possibly be aware of the issues to be weighed. So men, get lost.

    March 23, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. TS37110

    Gee...leave it to an out-of-control Republican from West Texas to try to make a virtue (and campaign contributions) out of his own hysterical outburst on the floor of the U.S. Congress!! I guess he was just taking his cue from fellow-Texan Karl Rove who completely melted down on national TV Sunday morning–just because David Plouffe was able to insert a few facts in between Karl's breathless rant-and-read (Karl had borrowed some white-board crib notes from Glenn Beck).

    March 23, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. joel palmer

    another pious phony

    March 23, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. A Kickin' Donkey

    Not surprising ... only when Republicans repent will they find success.

    March 23, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. byron

    and that's why you're crazy...

    March 23, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Seth

    I guess Rep. Neugebauer expects money from all of us because of his capacity to be uncivil.

    March 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Jeff, TX

    Yeah, this is how Christians who are elected to high office should conduct themselves. Oh, brother!

    March 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. mindbodythoughts

    No one has a problem with you speaking out. That's fine and is expected for you to follow your beliefs. However when you start calling names to others in the setting that you did, the unborn end up being much more mature than you are sir.

    March 23, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Charlie in Maine

    Okay Mr. Windbagger, I respect your freedom of speech. Not the least of all because it shows how ignorant and pinheaded you and those like you are.

    How many babies would have died from lack of health insurance if you had had you way? Thank God (and the Democrats) we don't have to find out.

    March 23, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. GAK

    What a Looooser! He at the least should be censured for his outburst. I guess if a republican does it its okay...NOONE should be allowed to act that way in the House or Senate,its a disgrace!! If Neugebauer is trying to "protect the sanctity of life" He better be against the death penalty in his state of Texas otherwise he is nothing but a hypocrit!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Tell the Truth

    He is a hypocrite. I cannot wait until the Republicans see that once again they have miscalculated the American people. There will be NO Repubblican takeover in November. They are just spurring hate just like during civil rights and social seurity times. Sarah Palin is in way over her head.

    March 23, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Mike

    Preserving the sanctity of life never seems to involve taking care of the lives that already exist.

    March 23, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Stephen In PA

    My whole family have been registered Republicans, but after his 'incident' I can no longer support those who ignore the traditions of the Congress. He may get some votes for this, but I know of one vote the Republicans will never get again.

    March 23, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Sean

    Well then he should support this healthcare reform. Shortcomings in our long-standing healthcare system have earned us the shameful rating of having one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world. Reformed healthcare would likely see those numbers drop, thus saving the same lives he claims to cherish.

    March 23, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Obama the Socialist Liar

    Finally a Republican that will call out all democraps....COURAGE.

    March 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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