The Texas congressman who shouted “baby killer” on the House floor during debate over the Democrats’ health care legislation is now raising money off his ill-tempered outburst.
Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX) appeared to shout “baby killer” at Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) after Stupak signed on to the Democrats’ bill. Stupak had held out support for the bill over his opposition to abortion, which he alleged the health care measure would effectively fund.
Now Neugebauer is using his accusation that Stupak was a “baby killer” — a cry that raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle in Congress — to raise money for his re-election campaign.
In a YouTube video posted on his campaign website, the Texas congressman defended his remarks.
“I’m never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn,” Neugebauer says, appearing alongside his wife. “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.”
“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 adds.
Democratic critics have likened Neugebauer’s remarks to that of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), who exclaimed “you lie” during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union. Wilson also tried to raise money off his outburst.
Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, Neugebauer refused to apologize for his remarks, though said he didn’t mean them to be taken as a reference to his Democratic colleague.
“I regret that it was an inference that I was talking about Congressman Stupak,” he said. “I don’t apologize for speaking what I thought was the truth. I believe that this bill was a baby killer. And I’m not backing down or apologizing for that.
“The fact that some thought that I was speaking about Congressman Stupak that was what I apologized to him about,” he added. “But I’m not ever going to apologize for expressing my feelings about something as important as this legislation.”
Stupak, meanwhile, has said his Texas critic should apologize to him on the House floor.
“I would hope Randy would just clear it up and take to the House of the Floor and say, ‘look I didn’t mean to offend anyone. If I did, I apologize,'” Stupak told CBS News. “That’s what he should do and that’s what I would expect him to do.”