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. Jaison Biagini

    he can fight for the rights of the unborn all he was but there is something called decorum and respect.

    March 23, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Luvinia Knight

    Sir, how about speaking out on behalf of the young woman who finds herself pregnant by her father or other family member!

    March 23, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    like a fart in a high wind...........

    March 23, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Buddy Gilmour

    No doubt he's enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, ezpecially as it endears him to his constituents. All in a days work for the current day pol...sad.

    March 23, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Speaking out is one thing – but doing so in the manner that you did is uncalled for and lacks the professionlism that you should have – this would cause me to thing that you are in over your head and should be replaced with a more thoughtful and clear minded representative.

    March 23, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Wouldn't it have been amazing if he had said "I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the BORN." But, of course, then he'd be a Democrat.

    March 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Brian L

    Republicans have no decency..... they are bent on destroying democracy and ushering in a totalitarian state where Freedom is abolished.

    March 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. An American Vet

    What in the world is going on, are we the British Parliment or are we reverting back to the 1800, with fights and duels in the halls of Congress. These "gentlemen" and "gentleladies" are suppose to be some sort of an example I was always told. This conduct is an embrassement to the nation as it appears we have placed individuals with no self control or displine in Congress but then again I guess some things are self evident.

    March 23, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Susan

    Another angry and desperate Republican trolling for money with scare tactics. It's in their operating manual.

    March 23, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Spirit of America

    Try fighting for the undead corpses for a change.

    March 23, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Dee Dee Lynn

    So we have this one the record, its now okay to heckle the President when you don't agree with him, to heckle fellow congress members if you don't agree with them, throw bricks through the windows of members of congress with whom you don't agree and distribute posters showing congressional leaders burning when you don't agree with them.

    So, the next time the Republcans are in power, I want everyone to remember that. Its okay to throw bricks at them, shout them down, call them unrepeatable names and spit on them, burn them in effigy, call them traitors, accuse them of treason and pretty much anything else, and you have their blessing to do it all, because they are the ones who say this is appropriate.

    Somehow, I am sure they will have flip-flopped on this by then though, the way they do about everything–the party of do as I say not as I do.

    March 23, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. XM218

    I see where Obama has not signed the vaunted executive order.
    Also there is no set date for it's signing. what a load of hogwash.
    Stupac sold his soul on this one. The Democrats dont even seem to see the terrible damage their transparent, bipartisan way of doing business has done to the country. This is not health reform it's
    big government. It amazes me that this garbage bill was the best
    the Democrats could do with the presidency and both houses.
    It speaks volumes as to the content of this bill that they had to bribe and threaten their own members to get it passed.

    March 23, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. v-lo

    It's astonishing to me that that these radical, pro-life politicians fall all over themselves to save the unborn but don't have any interest in helping living children and adults by supporting health care reform.

    March 23, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. flip

    Hey Neugebauer, I've got one for you:


    An American has spoken.

    March 23, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Barbara Independent in NY

    Just another out of touch, over the hill politician that needs to retire.

    March 23, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Jim

    Texas Republican Neugebauer "said he shouted out "'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by Stupak's Democratic coalition."

    YOU LIE!!

    March 23, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Dan in Austin

    At least when President Clinton was impeached they showed some dignity with a silent protest on the Capitol steps. Republicans are showing just how childish and foolish they are with their behavior. Vindictive wimps.

    March 23, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. JackML

    What a punk!

    March 23, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. CTSadler

    Gag. Literally and metaphorically.

    March 23, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Vaughn

    This man made a huge mistake and now he is trying to lie his way out of it. What hypocrisy!

    March 23, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. nonMarxist

    stand up for America and keep speaking the truth

    March 23, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Malcolm in St. louis

    Uncivilized behavior. The hallmark of today's Republican Party.

    March 23, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Uhh ... you really need to realize that, just because you talk, doesn't mean anyone is listening.

    March 23, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Bob Jones

    Texas needs to succeed which is what the glorious TX governor had threatened to do. Please go and take your red-neck, narrow-minded conservative friends with you.

    March 23, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Jack

    You repubs are so phony! You speak about the sanctity of life, but you Texans lead the nation in executions in your rush to judgement. Turns out quite a few were innocent victims. Now you Repubs want to kill the health bill providing healthcare for millions and thus kill thousands because they arn't insured or capped out. All you guys care about is money and Big Business. Go to hell.

    March 23, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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