September 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
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(Updated): Wilson's opponent raises more than $500K

Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.
Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Miller released a statement last night accusing Wilson of "engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting out Commander-in-Chief." Wilson's shout prompted Democrats on the Web to direct donors to Miller's Web site and to the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

Miller gave Wilson the toughest re-election challenge of his career last year in one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. Miller lost by eight points, and decided to challenge Wilson again next year.

Wilson apologized to the president after the speech, calling his comments "inappropriate and regrettable."

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday morning that Miller's post-speech total had risen to $200,000.

UPDATE 2:45 pm: The DCCC reported Thursday afternoon that Miller's new post-speech total had risen to $400,000, via 11,000 individual contributions.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The DCCC reported Thursday evening that Miller post-speech total had risen to more than $500,000, via 14,000 individual contributions.


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  1. SMP

    The citizens of South Carolina now have two Republican politicians they should be ashamed of, Governor Sanford and now Joe Wilson. One can't keep his pants zipped, and the other can't keep his mouth zipped.

    September 10, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. octavio

    Bush League!

    September 10, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Terry Jacobs

    Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Jo, Jo, Has Got to GO!

    Rise up South Carolina and show the USA that you don't tolerate this kind of uncivilized deportment.

    September 10, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Barb

    Please, South Carolina... do NOT let Rep. Wilson speak to your children!!!!! He will indoctrinate them in ABSOLUTE RUDENESS!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. wendell

    what a bunch of weinees, obama is a liar and doesn't care one thing about health care, that is just a smoke screen for having total control of our lives....it time we call a spade a spade....a lie is a lie whether it is from rep or dems....and one other thing cnn you can tell the truth either

    September 10, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. zago

    Put it simply, this gentleman should be removed from office now. I expect congress to take disciplinary actions NOW. He has tainted the corps to which he allegedly belongs. This is a shame for all of us: Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Disciplinary Actions NOW.

    September 10, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Dan Holiday

    Wilson was right to say what he did. I agree with him 100%. Democrats need to realize they did the same thing to President Bush, that Wilson did to Obambi the first. I like this guy more now that called the anointed one a LIAR ! At least someone has the sand to do it. Face it libs, this thing will never pass. It is dead in the water. The GOP has beaten you. Get used to it. It will happen again in November with the two Governorships that are up for election and then again in 2010 and 2012. LOL. Oh, BTW, Obambi is a LIAR ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    September 10, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. kate

    That was very disrespectful! Dress em up, but u can't take em anywhere. Trailer trash in a suit and tie!

    September 10, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Steve

    Sen. Wilson is a disgrace to this country and to his SC district. With the nation watching and the type of behavior from republicans in the house show the same old politics. If he worked for a corporation and said those words at his boss in a board meeting he would be fired….

    September 10, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. "inappropriate and regrettable"

    Joe Wilson got the "inappropriate and regrettable" part right

    WOW, a new low established by the GOP

    the hits keep on coming, I would think this is disrespectful enough he should consider resigning... but he will be voted out next election cycle anyway

    I am embarrassed for him and his party

    September 10, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. BillyBobTomRedcracker

    Typical hateful Republican. Nothing but another angry white man (I'm a white man) who can't stand the fact that we actually have a President with a brain who is trying to get important things done. Combine this with the fact that the man (Pres, Obama) is BLACK and you have fools like this jack-ass from South Carolina trying to make a name for himself among the folks in his district that probably don't know how to read and write. I wonder if Mr. Wilson ever called our recent Clown president (Bush) a liar for taking us to war in Iraq?! This is a war that was waged on nothing but lies. By the way, not only am I a white man but I am a wealthy white man and am sixty-one (61) years old. The Republican Party is an embarassment to our country.

    September 10, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. haren

    Ugly face of all republican is exposed why they oppose health care reform.

    September 10, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Patty

    It is time for example to be made...he should resign for the disrespect! No American has the right to dishonor or disrespect the office of the President!! NO ONE!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Spin that Republicans! You want to act like children, the voters will treat you as such.

    You demanded respect for our President when G.W. Bush held office, but now a pity-party for sore losers has turned into a movement of truly childish behavior and ill-conceived, blind opposition.

    By all means, I still believe dissent is a high form of true patriotism, but making stuff up to rail against makes you no more important to the national discussion than simpleton conspiracy theoerists.

    Plesae, redeem yourselves and start acting like gentlemen and ladies. If you want to protest, that's fine. Just know, if you are wearing tea bags as part of your hat, your message will be taken with the same levity as your appearance and candor: No one will take you seriously.

    September 10, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Deuce

    The Third-World – World, is Coming.

    September 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Anthony In Miami

    This is what's wrong with Washington! Is anybody listening! Is anybody really watching! The President comes out and says the bill does not provide free health care for illegal immigrants. Then a congressman calls him a liar. Then after all is said and done, the GOP big names come behind him and say, actually the President was telling the truth. Then on ABC Good Morning America, Eric Cantor can't say what on NBC Today show, John McCain has to say. It's simple now, it's about keeping the message! Joe Wilson showed the hand of the GOP! In ever post speech comment by Republicans, it was the same as the pre-speech stance. You never, never embarrass our country that way! On tv, in front of the world! Not just America, but the world! WOW!

    September 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. nick

    Why president Obama? Why? Never have I heard such a thing dodne when a president is giving a speech. Shame. The hate in this man at having a black president just took over him. The racist can't even hide it or hold it in anymore. No respect for the president. In the Navy we were told if you don't respect the man respect the uniform and I did many times. This slug should be voted out.
    Beck and Rush thinks it was great.

    September 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Angie in Pa

    What a classy guy Wilson is you see this is why the Republicans are JEALOUS Of Obama they have NOONE In their party that is

    Intelligent
    Charming
    Compassionate
    Listens
    Informative
    Inspiring

    The Republicans are just a bunch of angry spoiled I want my Power back party that was very Disrespectful for Wilson to heckle the President

    September 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. steve

    The DNC should be firing a fast email immediately to the media to highlight the fact that illegal immigrant is not covered in the bill with all the facts check and documentation and finally put Disgusting and moronic Rep Joe Wilson (R) in his place.
    Don`t miss the opportunity to define him as the face of the new republican party .

    September 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Deuce

    True Feeling, run deep..

    September 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. vmarsha

    Republicans should wake up this morning to the realization that there elected represenatives are making them look like fools.

    September 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Paul

    wow. what a great idea! Im in and donating today. It was shocking but then again sadly NOT shocking. Not only disrespectful but he (the pres) is addressing congress and the nation. Let him at least do that before shouting down. Angry Wilson will be sad wilson if we all contribute to his opponent! Cmon we can do it and get him ousted.

    September 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. spoke with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

    talking with Rahm Emanuel is the White House equivalent of being sent out to the wood shed

    September 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. John

    He only told Obama what he already knew...... you can't lie, Barack....

    YOU will get called out.....

    it's about time someone had the balls to step up.... and the look on Pelosi's face when it happened was priceless...I'm printing it out and hanging it on my wall....

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. key

    I was appalled at the lack of respect given to our Commander in Chief.
    I have often disagreed vehemently about some of the policies and comments many of our past presidents may have had. But, I would never disrespect the office of The President of The United States.I was very upset. I have watched many speeches and I have never seen this type of behavior exhibited. I hope this is not a trend. We can agree to disagree. I hope that just because our new president is African American, some don't feel that it is ok to treat him with less respect than any other sitting president. Jim Wilson needs to be santioned. He needs some type of displinary action taken against him. He needs to know in no uncertain terms that this is not tolerated. Karl Rowe should be ashamed on himself because he laughed and I do not think it was amusing in any way.
    We have a long way to go!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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