WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican House member shouted "you lie" during President Barack Obama's health-care speech to Congress on Wednesday, and members of both parties condemned the heckling.
When Obama denied that proposed health-care legislation would provide free health coverage for illegal immigrants, South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!"
Obama paused and looked toward the Republican side of the chamber before
continuing his speech.
After the speech, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate defeated by Obama last year, called Wilson's outburst "totally disrespectful" and said he should apologize.
McCain said there was "no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately."
Other Republicans also criticized Wilson, along with the expected Democratic condemnation.
"It was crude and disrespectful," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a top Senate Democrat. "I think the person who said it will pay a price."
Updated: 10:00 p.m.
Totally disrespectful and totally out of line. I thought Obama accepted it well, knowing full well that the Republicans are idiots. I thought Pelosi and Biden were going to come out of their seats!!!
Yeah to McCain who also called Wilson disrespectful and recommended that he apologize!!!
Rep. Wilson, was completely out of line-disrespectful. He must have some financial interest or ties with the private insurance companies. I support Obama 100%
If he had heckled anywhere else.....he would have been thrown out. He was an embarrassment to this country before the entire world. His constituents should all get an immediate apology. Who does he think he is representing..... his children his in-laws, his wife, who?????
Congressman Joe Wilson should take John McCain's advice and apologize. And be happy he doesn't get disappeared like he would in other countries.
wilson should be kicked out of congress. This country has no place for scum.
I am not suprised. A GOP Rep calling the presdient a liar. I knew something like that could happen. I thought this was the president's chance to explain how he is planning to help the American people, but has usual the GOP finds a way to dirty the process. The President has a good heart, but he his powerful enemies within the GOP.
Tackless! Just as bad as the people shouting at townhalls.
Did anyone teach this heathen knave any manners? I am getting real tired of the rudeness of the neo-cons. If they can't get their way, they resort to bullying tactics and using "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler as their playbook.
Boys and girls, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco represent what the right-wing are all about. Do yourselves a favor and read history so that people like them don't get into power.
For once I agree with a Republican!!
And this tells you everything we need to know about Republicans and their willingness to engage in any type of credible dialogue. He should be censored for his total lack of respect to the President and the office,
I am listening to responses from various Republicans who are basically calling the President a liar. My understandingis that these bills are still being written, nothing has been passed. Republicans don't seem willing to negotiate unless they have it their way. The Republican way seems to be no health care reform period. I believe they went in determined to nit pick everything President Obama said and were determined not to agree with him and to remain negative. Rep. Wilson sealed their fate.
I'm not sure, but the heckler may be wrong, at least on that one issue. No illegals get health care from Medicare or Medicaid, but they do get basic emergency care through the Hill-Burton Act, requiring hospitals to provide uncompensated in emergencies. Is this the case?
Rude and Juvenile.
I am ashamed, as a proud citizen of South Carolina, to have that un-American man representing me. As a Republican, that is saying something.
what a jerk!
Joe Wilson, is very disrespectful a disgrace to his state and a loser.
Disgraceful. Another reason for not voting republican. They respect no one. The world is watching and a public figure disrespects the president of the United States.
he's an idiot
What a disgrace. This so called Congressman has no respect. Is this the person SC wants representing their state?
No wonder the health care debate has reached such disgusting lows.
Go Joe, keep Obama's feet to the fire. We need to read the final bill and call him out when what he said tonight is not in the bill.
Is anyone surprised that a middle aged white guy from the south thinks its okay to yell and call the first AA POTUS a liar during a world wide televised address to Congress? Why do people continue to suggest that there is no element of racism at the base of the criticisms and opposition of Pres. Obama? Wilson's hate so overwhelmed him that he could not contain himself. So sad.
What a classless display of ignorance from an elected member of government during a formal address from the President of the United States. Unbelievable.
Yet another vivid and disturbing illustration of exactly how Republicans get "their job done"
Wilson, and the GOP as a whole embarrased themselves tonight. I have never seen a President treated with such disrespect ever. I hope the GOP enjoys the hole they dug for themselves tonight. They're gonna be in it for a long time to come.