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. Gary

    It's nice he wants to protect the unborn children, but why vote down healthcare and endanger the born children? I guess once a child is born, they are on their own.

    March 23, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Jim Lyons

    His actions are reflective of an individual that should not be a public office holder and he should resign if he can not act with intelligence and in a dignified manner. Extremist and zealots come to mind!

    March 23, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    This man is an idiot and so are his followers that think it is ok to violate House rules just because you do not agree with the decision of the majority. I guess that's the way Republicans do things when they are out of power. They ram things through when they are in power and they spread fear when out of power.

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Stupak sold his soul to the Devil all for political ideology.

    Michigan voters will send him to the unemployment line in due time. He is the lowest of the low and will pay the ultimate price on his Judgement Day!

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Gilberto

    You're being anti-abortion doesn't give you the right to insult others. You're despicable and a coward for reneging on who you threw this insult to..

    Don't get too comfy, we'll vote you out of office real soon.... you're pathethic!

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Another non-apology from the Party of Losers. Why am I not surprised? Rep. Neugebauer is probably even proud that in his uninformed ill-considered opinion a clump of cells is more important than the living breathing people who will benefit from health care reform. 'Cause once they're born they're on their own, I guess. And prenatal care is for wimps, not rough tough anti-abortion crusaders like Rep. Neugebauer, fighting to protect the unborn non-people. Why do his constituents put up with this idiot?

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Typical. I mentioned on another blog that he would do the same as Joe the Liar Wilson. Offer a half-hearted "sincere" apology and then use his disgusting juvenile behavior as a fund raiser. The bill was NOT a government take-over of health care by any means. More lies from the GOP.

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Rey Martinez

    Simply stated, I don't think so, you're all lies, Neugebauer..

    March 23, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Kate

    Maybe Neugeberger ought to quit if he can't work for the American people.

    March 23, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. T"SAH from Virginia

    Or does Neugebauer mean "SHOUT OUT"!!!

    I would like to give a SHOUT OUT to all of the baby killers in the room – all those in favor say "it's a baby killer................ BABY KILLER!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Not Surprised

    It's too bad he won't speak as passionately for the already born however.

    March 23, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. buzzy

    He is welcome to his opinion but this courages shouting out and drowning out opinions of others. It is a fact that not everyone holds the same opinion about abortion that he does. Those people believe as strongly as he does.
    Part of the President's platform during the campaign was that he would attempt to pass a healthcare bill. He won the election. This should come as no surprise
    "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."

    March 23, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Brian

    "I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn," says Neugebauer?
    My question for him is this: Will he ever speak up on behalf of the born?

    March 23, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. Almost_Angeleno

    Hey Neugebauer –
    Where were you when your fellow Republican/Texan GWB was waging war and spending billions of my tax dollars killing innocent babies? Oh that's right, those are brown "furinner" babies - they don't count.

    March 23, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. liz

    I wonder how many children this man has adopted. how many adopted children are or have physically lived under his roof. if the answer is none, then he, along with every other anti-choice screamer, is nothing but a hypocrite. as a man, he has no dog in this fight. he can never get pregnant. when he and all the other men trying to take away women's rights grow reproductive organs, then they will have a right to say something about abortion. it shows how hypocritical and fanatic these people are that they would allow tens of thousands of real people a year to continue to die rather than vote for something that they feared may allow some federal funds to go to help women in a time of need. one more proof that their slogan is 'life is sacred, then you're born!'

    March 23, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Perusing-through

    HATE PAYS . . .

    Apparently, hate, disrespect, and vitriolic un-professionalism pays big bucks when you are a Repug.

    March 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Preston kathy

    The dem are willing to make changes on pro life the gop hates the poor the reppuks are like insects they are not like animals because i love animals

    March 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Joyce

    Speak out, Sir, but do it with dignity!

    March 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Maybe he could express his views in less inflammatory ways. Maybe he could frame a thought bigger than a bumper sticker. Maybe he could have some respect for the government of which he is a part and the country he is sworn to serve.

    March 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. ED FL

    I thought that TEXAS seceeded from the United states so why would any one care what one of many BIG MOUTH BLOWHARDS from Texas has to say.Join losers DICK Armey and Tom Delay in a competitve world and not sucking on the government trough.

    March 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Sam

    How can you be prolife and then vote no on health care!

    March 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Indy

    If only he could channel that passion for the unborn towards the children that are suffering greatly from no healthcare. Too bad he could not have the same passion for doing something good. It is very hard to take him serious when he obviously does not truly care about the majority of people.

    March 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Socrates in Leominster

    This is the typical SLEF RIGHTEOUS, Hypocrite, mean spirited, hateful conservative that calims he believes in God.. If his God would be real.. and he represents love and understanding.. HE, his GOD, would kick him in his flat behind.. This type of individuals are no different than those radical that belong to the Al-Queda.. Now I realize that there ia al a US-GopQueda here.
    There are millions of americans that can't afford health insurance ad this insurance puppets don't want help others... He has has his own insurance health program.. the ones democrats and repiblicans have in Congress and the House of Representatives...
    I consider guys like Neuterbauger hateful and mean.. they are evil!

    March 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. lovable liberal

    Republicans adamantly demand cvility – but only from Democrats.

    March 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Desmond in Canada

    Nothing wrong with passion.

    However,from all reports, nobody heard the "It's a" in "Its a baby- killer". So I could now yell back, "You lie" but I won't. Because, may be , he is not lying.

    But in any case, this is the typical irrational (yet deliberate?) ploy to mislead by suggesting that this bill is about condoning abortion. That was already unfortunately done by previous legislation.

    By introducing this red herring here the congressman is clearly trying to get people to react in knee-jerk irrational ways to a reform which does such far-reaching good.

    He and his fellow self-interested colleagues are so pathetic, not least because they think we are stupid!

    March 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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