When House Republicans tried to use a motion to recommit to send the reconciliation package of health reforms back to committee to essentially kill the bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) gave a passionate speech urging his colleagues not to fall for the ploy. Stupak said that Democrats have moved a pro-life bill in every way, by restricting taxpayer funds to abortion and by providing millions of Americans will quality health insurance. However, CNN is reporting that as Stupak gave his speech, a Republican lawmaker yelled “baby killer” at him. Murmurs were heard from the Democratic side of the aisle, and a Democratic lawmaker shouted “who said that?” No Republican answered. Watch it:
CNN’s David Gergen observed that Republicans had joined rowdy, and at times vulgar, tea party protesters all weekend in rallying against the bill. He warned that the heavy influence of the tea parties, Rush Limbaugh, and other extreme right-wing voices is dangerous for the Republicans politically.
Watch HuffPost’s video of the shouted remark.
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), who was initially suspected as the GOP lawmaker who screamed “baby killer” at Stupak, told reporters that he believed that it came from a member sitting a row behind him, where the Texas Republicans usually sit. “The people who know won’t give it up,” Campbell told reporters. He said the remark, which was uttered in a “Southern accent,” was “clear as a bell.”
,Republican Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said he heard the scream but wouldn’t say who was responsible. “I can make a guess,” Barton told reporters. Rep. David Obey (D-WI), who was in the chair at the time, said he saw the Republican who shout out “baby killer,” but he wouldn’t say who it was, either. “I think members have a right to make an idiot of themselves once without being exposed,” he said.
,Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said it wasn’t him. “I have no idea who yelled it because they were seated behind me and the House was packed,” he said. “Whoever said it was obviously upset, but it was inappropriate for them to yell that.”
,Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Tom Price (R-GA) denied a Republican congressman made the remarks.